Finding a Doctor With Your New Health Insurance Plan

May 26, 2015

So you got covered — congrats! Now it’s time to find a doctor.

Your primary care doctor (sometimes called a general practitioner) will be your first stop when you are sick, hurt, or need a checkup. It’s a good idea to choose a primary care doctor now. That way, when you need care, you’re already a patient.

Here are a few things to think about when looking for a doctor:

  1. Do they accept your health insurance plan?
  2. Are they taking new patients?
  3. Do you prefer to see a male or female doctor?
  4. Do you need to see a doctor who speaks a certain language?
  5. Is their office in a location that is easy for you to visit?

If you find a doctor that you think you might like, you can make an appointment for a physical, or annual checkup. Remember: Preventive care is free. That means your annual checkup, well-woman visits, and more are covered — at no cost to you!

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