As we begin the new year, it is essential to think of your healthcare team. The health team you rely on a monthly and yearly basis should be of the highest standards. The team should be best suited for your needs moving forward. The first step should be focused on finding the right primary care doctor. This will be the contact you create a relationship for years to come and will assist any specialists you visit in the future.
But where do you start? At MyCare Health Partners, we know this is one of the most important steps you can take, in looking after you and your family’s health. Today we’ll provide a few tips and best practices on how to find the best doctors. Our network of board-certified physicians and top-quality medical professionals allows you to get a great head start. We encourage you to do your own research in building a health team that meets your needs. Our physicians and staff are here to assist you in recommendations and together we can create the best team possible.
A Few Words Before Finding a Primary Care Doctor
Before starting your search for the best primary care doctor, you must evaluate your insurance for plan-approved options and patient financial responsibilities. There may be significant cost differences with choosing an out-of-network doctor, and knowing ahead of time allows you to plan for it. There are other factors that can impact you, such as changing jobs or requiring a specialist visit. It is important to get this information from your insurance ahead of time, so you are ready for when the time comes. Depending on your health care coverage, you may also need a referral from a primary care physician for a specialist.
Do you have a primary care physician yet or do you still need to find one? These are all questions and circumstances you should consider before beginning your search. One of the most important factors to consider in choosing a good doctor is board certification.
Most doctors are board-certified, but it’s always a good idea to double-check. They may be board-certified in different types of medicine, like internal or family. Specialists have a different type of board certification based on what their specialty is, such as colonoscopy, or they may specialize in a specific chronic disease. These physicians have had additional training in their particular field and are required to pass extra exams to obtain certification. Another great option is to find out whether your physician is in good standing, by checking with your state’s licensing agency.
At MyCare Health Partners, this is something you won’t have to be concerned about. With over 15 years of experience, our board-certified physicians provide the highest quality personalized care. We provide a clean and comfortable environment, along with medical professionals that are fluent in Spanish, English, and Hindi.
How to Choose a Doctor
Now that you are aware of some of the preconditions and situations, let’s talk about how to choose a doctor that is right for you. There are some important questions you should ask yourself before you make your decision. Remember that even physicians rely on personal referrals, so take your time in making a life-changing decision to commit to one doctor. We’ve listed a few tips to help you make the right decision every time:
- Know what kind of physician you need
- Make a list of all the doctors in your area based on your needs
- Narrow these choices by your preferences. Some things to consider include:
- Hospital affiliation
- Office location
- Educational background
- Years in practice
- Languages spoken
- Type of insurance accepted
- CV available
- Do a background check on your top picks
- Check for urgent or same-day availability
- Check for the response rate to health questions
- Check for how payments are processed
- Make an appointment & come prepared
- Ask the right questions
- Get a second opinion
Begin Your Search Today
Don’t be afraid to scrutinize your top picks by watching for any red flags. After all, this is your health we are talking about and it’s best managed when you’re in the most competent and compassionate hands. Finding out about office policies will inform you about whether same-day
appointments are available, and how long patients are kept in the waiting room. Looking for friendly and courteous staff is also an important part of a patient’s experience that should never be ignored.
For convenience, you’ll want to check if your doctor has a patient portal available, for you to access your appointments, prescriptions, and lab results. This is especially helpful in keeping track of your health, staying up to date on scheduled appointments, and leaving messages for your doctor. Don’t forget to factor in technology into your search as well. Having the latest medical technology can make a significant difference in how well you feel and how long recovery takes if you need surgery.
Curious about our board-certified physicians and medical professionals? Take a look at our website today and give us a call. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and book an appointment for you. It is our passion to support you on your health journey and provide the highest standards.