Looking for a doctor? Finding the right doctor is an important decision and one that we know people shouldn’t take lightly. After all, this is the medical professional you’re going to go to for most of your healthcare needs. A doctor isn’t just there to check on your health. They also educate and offer up advice; they provide treatment, and they also help you make decisions about your health. Here are some tips for finding the right PCP for you.
One of the first steps to finding a doctor is actually pretty simple: ask your family and friends! Chances are good one or many of them have a primary care physician that they know and trust; someone who listens to their needs and provides them with the care they deserve. Of course, everyone is looking for something different when it comes to a doctor, so it’s also best to schedule quick consultations with these doctors to see which one is the best fit for you.
Check Your Insurance
Once you have your list of possible PCPs, you need to check your current health insurance plan to see which doctors are in-network. You may need to call your insurance or go on your provider’s website to see if the doctors that you’re interested in are in-network. While you can still go to an out-of-network doctor, just remember that you’ll end up spending more.
Would you trust someone to build your home without looking at ratings? No, right? So, you probably wouldn’t just jump right into a doctor that you don’t know anything about, either. Luckily, with the Internet, it’s easy to look up ratings for a practice to see what other patients have to say. Your insurance may also be able to provide you information on quality ratings on the doctors you’re interested in. Checking the doctors’ credentials, education, and background can also provide you with peace of mind.
Since this is the main doctor you’re going to turn to, it’s important that their practice is easily accessible through public transportation or your own vehicle. Our practice is right here in Silver Springs, MD, making it easy for our patients to get to us when they need to. This is critical to being able to provide quality care to patients whenever they need it and especially when they are sick and need immediate care.