How to Choose a Physician
Building a Relationship With Your Physician
Whether you are looking for a family doctor or a specialist we can help you find one that meets your needs.
Choosing a Primary Care Physician
One of the best ways to make sure you're getting excellent health care is to have a primary care physician (PCP) with whom you can build a long-term relationship-someone who knows your medical background and understands what's important to you.
Traditionally, PCPs fall into three specialties:
- Family Medicine (treating patients of all ages)*
- Internal Medicine (treating adult patients)
- Pediatrics (treating children from birth through adolescence)
*OB/Gyn -women will often choose a Gynecologist or Obstetrician for their primary care needs.
When you have a physician you know and trust, you feel comfortable talking about anything. And, all your basic care-including routine exams, preventive care and treatment for illnesses or injuries- goes more smoothly and easily. Your PCP also knows when it's best to refer you to a specialist.
Do they accept your insurance?
What are the office hours?
What hospital does the doctor use?
How many doctors are in the practice?
To avoid unnecessary out-of-pocket health care expenses, you will want to ensure the doctor you find accepts your health insurance. While most of the doctors affiliated with Centura Health accept most major health plans, you will want to check to make certain that yours is on the list. We strive to keep this information as complete and current as possible, however it's a good idea to contact the physician's office, your health plan and the hospital regarding the specifics of your plan type and coverage. And if your PCP refers you to a specialist, it's always a good idea to make sure that specialist accepts your insurance.
Once you find a doctor who meets your needs, schedule an appointment so that you can meet and talk to the doctor.
During the appointment, make sure:
- You're comfortable talking to the doctor.
- The doctor answers all your questions.
- The doctor explains things so that you can understand.
- You had enough time to ask all your questions.
Remember, it takes time to build a relationship with your doctor.