After you’ve chosen a new health insurance plan, one of the first things on your agenda should be finding a primary care physician. Your primary care physician is the person that you will consult the most regarding any health issues or questions that you may have, so it is important to pick a doctor that you trust and that fits your needs. The following tips can help you choose your ideal doctor.
Find a Provider Directory
Many insurance companies work with a network of physicians and only cover services rendered by those that are in this network. A provider directory can help you to identify the doctors in your area that are in network. This will help you find an office that is convenient to your home or workplace.
Consult Your Circle
Someone in your circle of friends and family is likely to be able to recommend a doctor that they like and trust that falls within your network. This can help you to narrow down the list of doctors in your area to one or a few, making it easier for you to make a selection.
Consider Your Specific Needs
Different types of doctors can serve as your primary care physician, so consider your specific needs when making a choice. If you have children, you may wish to opt for a family practice physician that can attend to your whole family’s needs or select a pediatrician for your children and another type of doctor that meets your needs.
If you have a chronic condition or disease, an internal medicine physician may serve you best. There are also general practice physicians, who can treat patients of any age and state of health.
Do Some Research
Most practices now have a website that you can browse to get a feel for the services offered, the hours, and the overall professionalism of the place. In some cases, you may also be able to find reviews online. If the office is in your immediate area, you can drive by and conduct a visual scan of the office to see if you are comfortable with the appearance of the practice.
Schedule an Appointment
The final test of a doctor is your very first office visit. If you are uncomfortable with the customer service, cleanliness of the office, or any other aspect of your visit, listen to your gut and continue your search. Being comfortable with your doctor is important to your health, so don’t compromise.
If you need health insurance so that you can see a doctor, call Murray Insurance today and let one of our professionals help you find a plan that is right for you.