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Questions to ask the pediatrician

The outstanding pediatricians on staff at CentraState Medical Center work with newborns and children up to 18 years old. Asking the right questions can help determine your comfort level with a prospective pediatrician.



Doctor Information

  • What is your background? (Where did you go to school, where did you do your residency, have you practiced anywhere else?)
  • How long have you been in practice? 
  • Do you have a sub-specialty or area of pediatric interest?
  • How long does a typical check up last?
  • If I have a minor question, what is the best time to call?
  • Are you board certified through the American Academy of Pediatrics?
  • What are your thoughts on child health issues such as...
    -Breastfeeding/bottle-feeding
    -Immunization
    -Antibiotics
    -Getting babies to sleep
    -Toilet learning
  • Do you have children?

Practice Information

  • Do you take my insurance?
  • What are the office hours? Are there weekend or evening hours?
  • How will we reach you if my child is sick after hours?
  • Is this a solo or group practice? 
  • Who covers for you on weekends, evenings and days off?
  • What arrangements do you make in your office for children who are sick? Is there a separate waiting room for them?
  • Do you make same day appointments?
  • Which tests are handled here (throat cultures, blood tests)? 
  • Which tests have to be done somewhere else (X-rays)? Where are they done?
  • Does the office respond to email?
  • How do you handle payments, billing, lab charges and insurance claims?



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