Choosing a Doctor: Quick tips

When you choose a primary care doctor for yourself or a loved one, make sure to choose a doctor you can trust. A primary care doctor can:

When you and your doctor work together as a team, you’ll get better health care. Look for a doctor who:

Try the following tips to find a doctor who’s right for you.

Ask for recommendations from people you know.

Getting a reference from someone you know and trust is a great way to find a doctor.

Check with your insurance company.

If you have health insurance, you may need to choose from a list of doctors in your plan's network (doctors that take your insurance plan). Some insurance plans may let you choose a doctor outside the network if you pay more of the cost.

If you don’t have health insurance, you’ll have to pay for health care out of pocket (on your own). This can be very expensive. For help finding insurance, visit HealthCare.gov.

Learn more about your top choices.

Make a list of the doctors you're interested in. Be sure to think about how easy or difficult it will be to travel to an appointment.

Call their offices to learn more about them. The answers to the following questions may help you make the best decision.

Questions about the doctor:

Questions about the office:

Think about your experience after the first visit.

Did the doctor and office staff...

If you answer “no” to any of these questions, you may want to keep looking.

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