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Choosing the Right Primary Care Physician for the Right Stage of Life

One of the most important relationship decisions you’ll ever make is selecting your primary care physician (PCP). Ideally, you’ll be involved with your PCP for a long time, so it’s important to find one who you trust.

PCPs are your home base for health care. You’ll see them for most of your non-emergency needs including preventive care, routine check-ups, and most illnesses. If you need a specialist for a condition or illness, PCPs will refer you to someone appropriate.

As important as they are, choosing a PCP takes a little bit of research. The first step is asking around. Ask your friends, neighbors and relatives who they see and if they are happy with their provider. You can also check with your insurance provider for directories that can help you make the right choice.

Once you’ve narrowed it down, schedule a preliminary meeting with your top choices to get a feel for care style. The Mayo Clinic recommends you choose a provider who:

  • Makes you feel comfortable discussing health topics
  • Answers your questions
  • Communicates well, speaking in terms you can understand
  • Doesn’t make you feel rushed
  • Suggests ways to improve your health
  • Recommends screenings and exams appropriate for your age and sex
  • Treats common illnesses and injuries
  • Involves you as a partner in your care—asks what you think, listens to your concerns and expects you to follow through with action when required
  • Explains the options when you need treatment
  • Offers referrals to highly qualified specialists when necessary
  • Has a convenient location from your work or home
  • Offers convenient hours and appointments without long waits

The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only; Amedisys does not endorse any particular provider. Please carefully evaluate whether any provider or supplier is able to meet your needs.