If you had two very healthy-seeming children who almost never need any kind of medical attention, would you continue to use the services of a pediatrician you really like and trust but who is located so far away from where you currently live and runs such a busy practice that a typical visit takes the better part of a day?
Or would you switch to a pediatrician whose practice is conveniently located very close to home?
For healthy children, does it really matter if you switch doctors on them?
I'm not asking this right...I want my kids to have excellent care, of course. And if they were sickly kids or kids suffering from some chronic or serious condition, then yes, continuity of care would be critical. But if they just go for an annual check-up and to get shots, for the most part, would it be reasonable to trust any reputable pediatrician to take care of them?
I switched to a closer doctor years ago for this very reason. The pediatrician was so far away, it was awful. It just seemed like the whole afternoon or morning, or both, would be gone.
We actually go to a family practice now and it is so much better! They always work us in. Because it is so close, I sometimes just show up after a rough night and they will see us. I don't dread making appointments anymore. Other things don't have to get canceled because we didn't make it back in time.
The way I figure it, if there is an ongoing medical issue we will probably get referred to a specialist.
I think all you can do is try out a new practice and see if you like it. Good luck.