We all want a good doctor for our child. How and on what criteria do we choose? To this question he tries to answer the front lines.
Fortunately, since the 1990s, no one is "rounded up" to a specific medical district, but everyone is called to freely choose their family doctor. As far as the children are concerned, this responsibility falls of course to the parents.
It is very good if the child registers with the parents' family doctor. After all "family doctor" simply means the doctor of the whole family. On the other hand, not all family doctors have practice and experience in child care. There is also a category of doctors who, although they have sufficient practice and specialized knowledge, prefer not to "get complicated" with children, especially with young children who need to be vaccinated (vaccinations mean a great deal for doctors who have to get vaccinations, to mobilize parents and children on the same day, draw up an absurdly large number of documents, "situations" and "reports").
It is best to talk openly with your family doctor (assuming, of course, you trust him) and ask him if he is accustomed to enrolling children. If it does not, ask for a recommendation and take it as an inventory. The doctor you choose for your child should not be very far from your home. His office should be within 30 minutes. He must also be available to come, if necessary, to his home. In fact this is also a duty of the doctor if the child has not turned one year. It is ideal for the child's doctor to have between 1000 and 2000 patients on the list. Less means that there is a reason why it has an unusually small number of patients.
It also means that you may not have enough time available when you need it. If you have to wait more than a quarter of an hour each time (but for this you must adopt the habit of programming) it is a sign from the doctor of non-seriousness or overwork. Punctuality is the politeness of kings.
In communication, it is absolutely essential that the doctor understands you. Beware of doctors who speak in scientific language so that you do not understand much. The style is human, and you can always find words in the beautiful Romanian language to communicate something as complicated. Here is, for example, a sample: "The pharmacodynamic action of codeine is exerted at central level by direct mechanism on the areas of toxigens, by contrast with the pharmacodynamic action of acetyl-cysteine, which manifests peripherally through the lysis of the molecular bridges present in the bronchial exudate, improving the rheological properties. of sputum. " Did you understand something? You are doctors and this is also the belief of the doctor who has expressed himself in such a language.
To translate: "Codeine acts on the brain by controlling the center of the cough, while acetylcysteine acts by breaking the phlegm making it easier to remove." Now you look like you understand something. Only now can we talk about information and communication.
Beware of doctors who for whatever problem give "a referral to a specialist". You need a doctor to help you solve your child's problems (except of course if these problems are beyond his or her resources), not someone who will put you on the road.
Stay away from doctors who prescribe an antibiotic as soon as the child has sneezed. It means that they are not looking for perspective solutions, but for the moment compromises.
Beware of doctors who always prescribe medicines produced by the same drug company or who always send you to the same clinic. It is possible that you made that pact with the devil which today is called the "commission contract".
How can you gather the information you need?
The best methods are: even from the doctor's office (rather from the nurse); from neighbors who have children older than you; from the parents of the child's kindergarten or school colleagues. It is good to have a slight preference for doctors who have children themselves.
The others are theorists. Each of us learn from life at least as much as we learn in college. It is good to have a slight preference for doctors working in a cabinet that is theirs. The others either work in a former state dispensary because they could not open one, or they work "at the employer" who may have certain material interests that are of particular interest to you: to know your healthy and well-developed child.
Health wishes you,
dr. Mihnea DRAGOMIR
specialist in family medicine