Choosing a Primary Care Physician
A primary care physician is one of the most important doctors in our personal lives. These are the family doctors that handle our everyday health needs. We go to them when we are ill, when we need a medication refill and when we need a checkup. These physicians are the ones that guide each patient to the specialists and tools they need to handle their ongoing health needs. Whether it is a pediatrician, internal medicine physician, or a family practice that you choose, being informed is important
How to Search for a PCP
Before you do any research about a specific provider, you need to see what your options are. So, how do you do that? One of the simplest ways is going to your health plan network. Health insurance websites usually have a way to search for family physicians in your area who are accepting new patients. You can use this to compile a list of physicians near you. You could also ask for a suggestion from friends, family members and co-workers.
What to Consider When Choosing the Right PCP
Now that you have your list of providers, it is time to make a decision. Several factors may go into this important decision including personal preference, experience, and customer service. It is up to you to figure out what your priorities are, but here are some things to consider:
• Hospitals in the doctor’s network
• Available ways to contact the doctor (phone, e-mail, text)
• Office hours
• Appointment wait time
• Board certification information
Hopefully, once you gather this information, you will have found the right primary care physician for you and your loved ones. Feeling comfortable with your provider is important. If you would like to speak with us about finding the right physician for your health needs, please contact Questcare Medical Clinic today.