Being a physician is something you more than likely have a lot of pride in.
With that in mind, are you doing all you can to make sure your patients are getting the most from you?
It can be difficult being a physician in trying to give as much time as possible on a daily basis to all your patients. That said they expect that from you.
So, what are some ways you can come up with to better help your patients?
Listening is Always Key
In looking to better be there for your patients, keep these ways in mind:
1. Be a good listener – First, how good of a listener would you say you are? If you are too short with your patients or not listening all that well to begin with, it can be bad for your patients. So, do your best to hear what your patients are telling you. From questions on medical matters and more, listening is key. Do not be one of those physicians moving patients through the day on what seems like an assembly line. Also take the time to respond to them when they reach out over the phone or via email or your website with questions. When patients know you and your staff care, you can have a bond that will last for many years to come.
2. Be smart about your own needs – How can you help others if you are not there for them? If you were to suffer a notable illness or serious injury, chances are you would miss time at work. Without the proper coverage in place to protect you, it could put you out of work for good. That is why it is smart to have physician disability insurance. The right insurance plan will protect you should you be laid up by illness or injury that is beyond the norm. By having protection for you, there is less of a chance you will suffer major financial pain. Shop around to see which plan best suits your needs and your ability to practice medicine.
3. Be up to date on the world of medicine – It is also important to remember that the world of medicine changes over time. As it does, you need to be up on it. Do your best to research how medicine is changing in your particular area of practice. When you do, you are in a better position to serve your patients. This means everything from taking care of health issues to ways for patients to pay their bills.
Office Staff Matters Too
While you are the main focus of your physician’s practice, the staff around you plays key roles too.
Keep in mind that you more times than not are not the first person a patient sees when they come to your office. This is why it is important that you surround yourself with good staff.
From the greeter at the front desk to assistants, billing folks and more, make sure your team is the best you can find.
At the end of the day, while you are the quarterback, there are many players around you playing their parts too.
In better helping your patients, could things improve on your watch?