Picking a doctor for your child can be a daunting task. When it comes to making this decision, you have two options: the first is a multi-specialty group, and the second is a pediatric group like MacKoul Pediatrics.
All things considered, the latter option is your safe bet. You will want the personalized attention and care that your child needs and, in addition, you will want the doctor to be available when your child needs them. Both of these concerns will often point you to choosing a pediatric group. Here’s why:
A multi-specialty group is, in short, a group of doctors from different specializations that will tend to your child’s needs depending on what the problem is. Typically, you find these types of groups at large “practices” like hospitals. It might seem useful to have a large staff with many different kinds of doctors available, but the downside is that if the doctor with a certain specialization is not available, then you are out of luck until they get back to work.
A pediatric group, on the other hand, is basically a close-knit consortium of like-minded doctors who come from the same group of primary care pediatricians. This means that you will be able to receive the attention necessary for your child even if his or her regular doctor is currently out of the office.
To be fair, your child’s Fort Myers pediatrician might not always be available if you go with a pediatric group. However, the intercommunication between doctors within the group means that your child will still receive the timely, personalized care they need. In addition, the ease of switching between doctors allows for greater flexibility when scheduling appointments.
Unlike a multi-specialty group, the group of pediatricians will be available almost every day. Dates when they are available might even include weekends, like they do here at MacKoul where we treat sick children on Saturdays. That means that you do not have to take off work or pull your child out of school to bring them to the doctor for special cases.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of choosing a pediatric group comes from the added collaboration within the group. For example, the doctors here at MacKoul are in constant communication with each other. That means if one doctor has a problem with a diagnosis, they can quickly receive a second opinion from another doctor in the group.
Within a multi-specialty group, there is a wide range of types of doctors, which might seem very useful on the onset — but remember that the amount of doctors in one specialty is significantly reduced in doing so. In addition, communication between doctors will often be deemed unnecessary, due to the fact that each doctor belongs to a different specialty and will only deal with the issues that they address specifically. Typically, this means that if a doctor is stumped on a problem, you will probably have to look outside the group for a second opinion.
Collaboration between doctors is often vital in identifying illnesses. If your child’s doctors are not in close communication, then it could risk delaying your child’s diagnosis and treatment. Using a group of primary care pediatricians will help ensure the necessary communication and allow the collaboration that helps the doctors treat your child.
In addition — and this is something that we feel very strongly about here at MacKoul — this collaboration is often a great way for the doctors of a pediatric group to continue educating themselves about the latest developments in child healthcare. We here at MacKoul Pediatrics of Cape Coral believe strongly in learning with (and from) each other, because at the end of the day our job is to ensure your child is receiving the “latest and greatest” when it comes to health and medicine for your child.
These are just a few considerations to take into account when you are looking for a Cape Coral or Fort Myers pediatrician for your child. Your child’s healthcare should be your utmost priority. Therefore, you should look for a pediatric group that will cater to your family’s needs — like MacKoul Pediatrics of Cape Coral.
MacKoul Pediatrics is an amazing local pediatrics office in Cape Coral, FL where caring, compassionate doctors and nurses work with you to keep your children as healthy as possible. MacKoul cares for children from birth to college age, from Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, and beyond.
May 4, 2018