What You Need to Know When Selecting a Primary Care Doctor

11/06/2019
Here's what you need to ask when selecting a primary care physician.

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A primary care doctor can and should be more than just a doctor. Over time, your primary care physician can become a trusted confidant as he or she learns about your medical history, reactions to certain medications, lifestyle, and treatment preferences. The intimate knowledge that is gained over time can prove vital during your annual physicals, allergy testing, and unexpected illnesses, and when you are planning on making lifestyle changes.

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Primary Care Doctor

Everyone has different expectations and needs. However, when it comes to choosing the right primary care physician, the following four tips can help you make the right choice for your medical needs.

Ask around.

Finding a great doctor is made easier when you ask your trusted network of family, friends, and colleagues. If your network doesn’t have a recommendation, then you can always turn to online reviews. The latter two tactics will give you the insights that you need to begin narrowing down your list of possible candidates.

Double check your coverage.

As you begin to search for a primary care physician, it is always a good idea to double check your medical coverage. As a general rule of thumb, you can typically avoid higher costs by seeing an in-network doctor. If applicable, be sure to ask if the doctor will accept Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans.

Map it out.

If you have to travel too far, then you are far more likely to miss appointments, cancel appointments, or be stressed out when you are sick and need to make an appointment. With this in mind, it is a great idea to choose a primary care doctor that has a conveniently located office.

Keep your unique needs in mind.

Every individual will have a different set of health needs that will change as they age or experience new life events. Take the time to make sure that your primary care doctor has the specialties needed to properly care for your specific needs.

Discover High Quality Primary Care Services

At MD 365, we are proud to offer a large selection of primary care services. These services include conducting annual physicals, STD testing, immunizations, and allergy testing. Our team of primary care physicians can also diagnose and treat fevers, asthma, common colds, diabetes, and a wide range of other chronic and acute illnesses.

From physical exams to protecting your body against the measles, polio, or tetanus, our doctors are ready to help you live your healthiest life. We proudly offer both urgent and routine care services on a daily basis and at affordable prices. To discover the MD 365 difference, we invite you to contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment with one of our primary care doctors today.