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5 Things You Need to Do When Choosing Your Primary Care Physician — 7 Comments

  1. Again your information deemed helpful..with the new year here and the changing of my insurance company,looking for a doctor that accept my insurance and has the best interests of my family not just a payday .

    • Derwin, thanks for your comment. I’m glad this information is helpful. Consider subscribing to the website for additional tips and information.

  2. Excellent article! After going through a bunch of frogs, warts and all, I finally found a PCP I absolutely love. His office was 10 minutes away. He literally saved my husband’s life by detecting signs other doctors dismissed and sent him directly to the emergency room although my husband said he felt OK at the time. A complicated, same day emergency surgery and 10 days in the hospital later, we realized how lucky we were to have this doctor. Unfortunately, our doctor opened a new office almost an hour away. While my husband’s willing to make the drive, I’m torn. I hear hospitals are taking over emergency care anyway and updating PCPs after the fact, so is it really necessary that the PCP is in close proximity?

  3. Thank you for your comment, Celeste. Many people choose to travel longer distances to visit their primary care physician, especially when a physician you like moves further away. There is nothing wrong with this, but some stop going as often as they should because of the inconvenience. If you and your husband are relatively healthy and see the doctor infrequently, the proximity to your home or job is less important. For individuals with chronic health conditions who must be seen regularly, it is generally better to find a physician close by. However, quality always trumps distance!

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  5. I think, like you mentioned, one of the most important factors in your decision should be accessibility. Driving to another town when you’re well is one thing, but when you’re sick and really need a doctor, you’ll be glad you chose your local practice. Local doctors will also know your community, and will be better equipped to treat local health issues.

  6. You’ve got some great tips for choosing a doctor. We just moved towns, so we need a new doctor to see as soon as possible. I’ll be sure to ask some of our new neighbors and friends for recommendations, like you said. They have families too, so they should give good advice.

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