When it comes to choosing a primary care provider, the choice can be challenging. TPMG has over 90 primary care physicians ready to guide you in making the best, informed healthcare decisions. It is up to you to choose a provider you can trust. Before doing so, there are a few factors you should take into consideration. Here are five tips for choosing a primary care provider:
1. Determine the type of care that you need.
Our primary care providers include internal medicine, family medicine, and geriatric medicine physicians.
- Family medicine physicians diagnose and treat common conditions and illnesses affecting both children and adults.
- Geriatric medicine physicians diagnose and treat conditions affecting older adults due to aging.
- Internal medicine physicians diagnose and treat adults using scientific knowledge and clinical expertise.
2. Create a financial plan.
If you have health insurance, choosing an in-network provider will help you cut costs. Determine which primary care providers are in-network and accept your insurance. Your insurance company or preferred practice can answer all questions regarding insurance coverage. If you plan on paying for treatment out of pocket, contact the office to discuss payment options to help plan for future appointments. Visit our website to learn more about services and savings.
3. It is all about location, location, location.
Find a primary care provider located near your home or your workplace. Avoiding longer commutes will save you time and stress when traveling to appointments.
4. Find a physician who is easily accessible.
Ask yourself, how easy is it to schedule appointments or contact this provider? Are on-call or after-hours services available? Does this provider utilize telehealth?
If the answer to these questions is yes, you are on your way to finding your primary care provider. Your health is our priority, and you must have easy access to care. Many TPMG practices offer these services to our patients. Find out if additional services such as labs, ultrasounds, and imaging services are accessible to you. In some cases, patients are required to visit separate facilities for these services.
5. Can you build a trusting relationship with your physician?
Primary care providers are responsible for handling your most intimate details and giving you medical advice moving forward. Choose a provider with who you can see yourself building a strong relationship. These trusting relationships take time, so engage in open conversations during your office visits. Our team of providers and specialists are working together to provide you the best results.
As you move forward in finding your primary care provider, we hope these tips will help. Taking the proper steps to finding the right primary care provider will be a smooth and rewarding experience.