How do I select my primary care physician?

Rather than specializing in a specific area of medicine, a Primary Care Physician (PCP) sees patients regularly for preventive services (like immunizations and annual check-ups) and helps people maintain their overall health. Choosing a PCP is an important health decision and if possible you should spend some time researching your options. In most cases, your PCP will serve as your go-to health resource for basic health problems like a sore throat or sprained wrist and will also be able to provide you referrals to specialists if needed. Note that depending on the type of plan you have, you may be required to choose a primary care provider when you enroll (this is especially common with HMOs).

Research suggests that people who have better relationships with their healthcare provider are not only more satisfied with their care but may also have better health outcomes. This shouldn’t come as a surprise—when you and your provider communicate openly and work together it helps ensure that you are comfortable asking questions and discussing treatment and ultimately that you are getting the care you need, when you need it.

There are many things to consider when selecting a PCP. Please click here for more information.