Choosing Your Doctor
Tips for Choosing Your Primary Care Physician (PCP)
List your needs
Do you want your doctor's office to be near home or work?
Talk to friends and relatives
What's the most convenient time of day for appointments?
Do you have a medical condition that requires a specialist?
Ask people you know and trust if they have any recommendations.
Narrow your choices
If you've just moved from out of town, ask your previous doctor for a recommendation.
Use your health insurance provider's "provider directory" to create a list of potential doctors.
Visit the doctor's office
Make sure they participate in your medical plan and are accepting new patients.
Research information about a provider.
Set up an introductory visit
Review your decision
Is the staff attentive and organized?
Are phones answered in a reasonable amount of time?
Observe how long patients are waiting
Ask how far in advance you need to make appointments
What days and times does the doctor see patients?
Who provides care in the PCP's absence?
What hospital does the doctor admit patients to?
After you've visited your new PCP, consider if you're happy with your choice. If not, you may want to consider a new PCP. CareFirst's medical plans allow you to change your PCP anytime during the plan year.