Finding a physician under normal circumstances is hard enough, but
trying to find a knowledgeable physician to take on a patient with
Alzheimer's can be even more trying. To help you know what you're getting,
here's a list of questions to ask the office you are considering. You will
want to ask a number of these questions before you make an appointment.
What are the office hours?
Does the doctor have any other offices?
What is the average wait in the office for an appointment?
Will I be called if the doctor is delayed?
What are the standard fees?
How do you handle insurance/Medicare/Medicaid/Medical?
Is the doctor gone often?
Who covers for the doctor when he is gone?
Does the doctor have a nurse on duty for calls?
What hospitals/associations is the doctor affiliated with?
Does the doctor have other patients that are memory impaired?
What proportion of the doctor's patients are over 65?
What doesn't the doctor treat?
Does the doctor talk to the pharmacist or does the nurse?
Does the doctor routinely share patients health information with immediate