If you have a doctor now, and you are satisfied with the level of care, call your plan to find out if he or she can be your PCP. If you don’t have a doctor or aren’t satisfied with your care, ask for a list of participating doctors from your insurance company. Tell friends, co-workers, and neighbors you’re looking for a new doctor, and ask for recommendations. Contact the state medical society and hospitals for lists of physicians accepting new patients in your area. Find out if any of these doctors participate with your insurance company. Find out which doctors are convenient to where you live and work.
Call the physician’s office to verify that the physician will accept you as a patient. Talk to the receptionist about office policies. Find out office hours, how emergencies are handled, how long it will take to schedule an appointment, and which hospitals the doctor uses.
Once you have selected a physician, notify your insurance company.
A good way to get established with your new primary-care provider is to schedule a physical examination. Make sure the examination is covered by your insurance company or plan to pay for it yourself.