4 Tips for Adults and Seniors When Choosing a Doctor
So it’s time to find a doctor – someone you feel comfortable visiting every year as you get older. Primary care physicians are internal medicine physicians, who see adults only, or family medicine physicians. What should you be looking for in your primary care physician?
- Location. Should you look for a doctor closer to home, or to your work? Which will be most convenient for you?
- Insurance Network. Check with your insurance provider and Medicare to make sure this doctor is in the network – it will be less expensive than visiting an out-of-network doctor.
- Access to a Health System. If you ever need a specialist or a hospital procedure (most of us will), it’s often easier to get a referral when your doctor is connected with a comprehensive health system.
- Personality. Of course, you want a doctor you feel comfortable with. Look up your potential doctors on review sites like HealthGrades, RateMDs or Vitals. It’s also OK to make appointments with a few different doctors to find one you like.
Now that you know what to look for, where should you start? Try our handy Find a Doctor tool to find local primary care physicians who are part of the Norman Regional Health System: