Visiting a doctor for the first time can be overwhelming. Will this doctor listen to your concerns? Will this doctor spend the appropriate time to answer your questions clearly and with patience? Will this doctor have the bedside manner that you expect? Do they have the medical experience needed to manage and treat your particular diagnosis? These are all valid concerns that go through one’s thoughts when thinking about their medical care. How do you know if you are at the right doctor for you?
Before going to your first visit to a doctor it’s important to realize that proper medical care is paramount and its O.k to go ‘doctor shopping’ before making a decision as important as which doctor will be managing your medical care. Go through the process responsibly and don’t let others pressure you into making a rushed decision.
The first step you should take is ‘research’. An important part of researching a doctor in Israel is asking your friends and family. Find friends or relatives that have the same kupat cholim as you and find out which doctors they use and if and why they are satisfied with these doctors. If minimal travel is important to you as well, you may want to find out where they are located and find out how convenient it is to get to the doctor’s office. You can also check if the doctor has a telemedicine option, eliminating the need to travel to the physical office
Additionally, some doctors are busier than others. There are doctors that have limited availability and some that have a lot more working hours. If you need a doctor that is more available, that is an important point to consider.
Another good way to network and ask questions about a potential health care provider for you, is to ask a medical professional that you know socially. If you have a specific medical condition that needs attention, you can ask if that doctor has experience with that condition.
It is ok to make an appointment with a doctor to see if he or she is the right fit for you. You should be able to get a general idea of the doctor’s bedside manner from an initial visit. You can see how much time they give you to ask your questions and how patiently they answer your questions. Some questions you can ask directly to the doctor are:
Choosing a doctor can seem daunting but coming with the right questions and doing a bit of research prior to your appointment, you can hopefully find the best doctor for your needs.
My experience with Ema Care has been so positive that I wanted to share it in case it could help someone else. Eight days ago my daughter, a Shanah Bet student, called to say she wasn’t feeling well and had symptoms of Covid-19. I was put in touch with an Infectious Disease specialist who recommended Ema Care. I reached Dr. Eliana Aaron easily and signed my daughter up. The next morning, Ema Care gave my daughter a telehealth exam and provided her with prescriptions, as well as a list of...
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Dear Dr. Eliana words simply cannot express how much you have done for all of us and so many others in keeping us informed, calming anxieties, and being such a wonderful and patient resource through such a difficult time. Wishing you much bracha and hatzlacha in the merit of all the countless mitzvot u have done to help so many through these trying times; mikol halev, ein milim and thanks so so much .
Gap Year Program Staff
Hello Dr. Aaron. I cannot thank you enough for providing not only crucial information but a framework that gave us stability and allowed us to function (instead of descending into chaos, which undoubtedly would have happened, if not for you). At the risk of waxing dramatic, I will tell you that when I think of what you've done these past couple of months, what comes to mind is Rav Yohanan Ben Zakai asking Vespasian to give him Yavneh ve-Hakhameha, thus saving the entire enterprise of Talmud...
I just wanted to say I think Dr. Eliana is one of the most rationale people providing the public with current information. I have no idea how I came across your Facebook page but I love what you say, just heard the one about reopening shuls, and the way you present it. clear, concise and factual. I work in Toronto on COVID 19 and just wanted to let you know that you are doing a fantastic job. I think here there are community doctors putting out information and I have told them they are too...
I just wanted to thank you very much for that presentation. Very thorough and certainly helped create important and necessary focus. Very much appreciated.
Gap Year Program Staff
First of all, thank you for that incredibly informative call. Really got us thinking about all the issues we need to consider for next year. Thank you in general for being available to all of us on the group. We have benefited so much from your wisdom and advice over the past few weeks.
Head of Gap Year Program
I just wanted to thank you for all your guidance and advice you're are providing the yeshivot and midreshot. I'm the Director of a boys program and although I'm sure you've heard it many times already, your role has been indispensable in getting us all through this.
Head of Gap Year Program