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Choosing Your Child’s Health Care Provider

Babies and children are not just small adults. Their health care needs are different. So it is important to find a health care professional who can provide specialized care. At Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, we’re proud to offer pediatric providers trained in more than 30 specialties, as well as a large group of physicians and advanced practice clinicians (like physician assistants and nurse practitioners) who provide primary care especially for kids.

When it comes to picking the right provider for your child, there are many things to consider, including training, experience, office location, hours and routines. Listed below are some questions that may help you in this decision process.

The location

  • Is the office near your home or place of work?

  • How long does it take to get there during rush hour?

  • Is parking convenient?

  • Does the practice have more than one office?

  • Are the same providers at the same offices all the time?

The office

  • What are the office hours?

  • Are there weekend and/or evening hours?

  • How do you make an appointment?

  • How long does it take to get a well-child appointment?

  • How long does it take to get a sick-child appointment?

  • What about payments and billing? Is this provider listed on your insurance plan?

  • How long do you have to wait in the office before you are seen?

  • Is there a separate waiting area for sick children?

  • Do the office staff seem friendly and interested in children?

The health care provider

  • Ask about the provider’s training and experience. Does he or she have a specialty or area of interest?

  • Does he or she prescribe medicines over the phone?

  • Will your child see the same provider for all visits?

  • What happens if your child gets sick during the night or on weekends? Whom do you call?

Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital has the region’s best team of pediatric primary care and specialty care providers. Find out more by visiting LVHN.org/children.