Your primary care provider is an important partner for improved health and well-being. Whether you’re looking for your first provider, have changed insurers or have relocated, these tips can help you find one.
Primary care providers are often the first call you make when you want to ask a health question. They can:
There are different types of primary care providers, including:
Take these steps to locate a new provider
There are several ways to identify a provider who fits your needs and puts you at ease. Start by asking friends and colleagues for recommendations, or search hospital websites for primary care physicians. When you’ve created a list of potential providers, contact your insurance company to determine which of them accept your coverage.
Alternatively, you can start with your insurance company’s website to search for providers who are listed as “in network.” If you have Medicare coverage, visit the Medicare.gov physician compare website to help narrow your search.
Once you have a list of providers who meet your criteria, contact their office to ask these important questions:
Give them a test run
The relationship you have with your provider is critical. If you are confident in their ability and find they have a pleasant bedside manner, you’ll be more likely to see them when you need care. You may need more than one appointment to know if you’ve selected the right provider for you. If you haven’t, contact your insurer to make a change.