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How To Choose a Primary Care Provider

How To Choose a Primary Care Provider

How to Find the Right Primary Care Provider for YouThere are a number of factors which may help you determine which PCP will best suit your needs. Ultimately, you may need to try a few different practices before you find the PCP you want to entrust with your health for years. Here are a few things to consider during your search:

Who Does Your Network Recommend?

Many people find their doctors via referrals from family or friends, other doctors, or internet searches. This is a great place to start when you need to find a PCP.

Does the Practice Accept Your Insurance Plan?

A crucial factor for many patients is whether a given practice accepts their insurance plan. Your insurance provider will have a list of in-network healthcare providers available, so you can use that resource to focus your search and find affordable options.

Is the Practice Conveniently Located?

Most people choose a PCP at least partly based on location. You may want to choose a practice which is located conveniently near your home or office. Try to imagine what it would be like to go to this practice for an appointment on a workday, or when you are not physically feeling well. Opt for a practice with easy access.

Which Hospital Is the Provider Affiliated With?

Find out at which hospital(s) the PCP has admitting privileges. If you require hospitalization at some point, you will want to be comfortable with the hospital’s facilities and location.

Do You Like How the Practice Is Run?

When you call for an appointment, is it easy to schedule one within a reasonable amount of time? Is the office staff personable, professional, and communicative? Choose a practice with an environment that makes you feel you are receiving good care.

Do You Have a Good Rapport with the Provider?

One of the most important factors is whether you feel comfortable with the provider. Patients have different preferences for the type of relationship they will have with their provider. Therefore, a provider’s style may be a great match for one patient and a poor fit for another. In the end, the only way to truly determine whether a provider is right for you is to meet with them and find out firsthand.

When looking for a PCP, be sure to review the profiles of physicians affiliated with Tri-City Medical Center. Our utmost goal is to provide the highest quality of care and ensure you are comfortable and feel secure with us. Contact us today to find the right doctor to work with you.