How to Choose a Primary Care Doctor

\"shutterstock_60594508\"Choosing a primary care doctor can be a challenge. However, it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few easy steps to follow to find possible doctors.

  • Talk to friends and family about their doctors. Do they like them? Are they accepting patients?
  • Talk to other health providers about doctors in your area.
  • If you are moving, ask your current doctor if they recommend anyone in the area you are moving to.
  • Ask your insurance provider for a list of primary care doctors in your area.

Once you have a list of names, here’s how to choose the right one:

  • Visit websites and read what the doctors say about their practice philosophy. You want a doctor who shares your values when it comes to medical care.
  • Check out online reviews and see if people generally have a good opinion of a doctor. Don’t let just one or two reviews (positive or negative) sway you one way or another. Try to get a sense of whether a doctor is generally well-liked or not. Don’t just look at the number of stars—read actual reviews for telling details about the doctor’s practice.
  • Pick a doctor who is relatively convenient for you to visit. They don’t have to be the closest doctor, but if they’re too far out of your way, that can be an excuse to skip visits.
  • Talk to more than one doctor before making a decision. You want to make sure you select the right doctor, not just the first one you come across.

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