Find the right care
Why is quality care important?
Studies show that poor quality care can lead to higher complication and surgical repeat rates, unnecessary hospitalizations and a higher chance of a wrong diagnosis.
Your choices make a difference.
People who actively engage in their health care decisions have fewer hospitalizations and emergency visits, make more use of preventive care, and see overall lower medical costs. You can take an active part in your health by seeking out and choosing quality care.
How to choose a doctor
Finding a doctor you trust is an important part of staying healthy. You're more likely to schedule regular appointments. And you'll be more comfortable asking questions. Try these tips for finding a doctor you can stick with.
See if your doctor is in the network
You'll probably pay less if you visit a doctor in your health plan's network.
Understand that you need a primary care doctor
Most health plans require you to choose a primary care doctor. But even if yours doesn't, finding one is a good idea. A doctor who knows you knows your medical history and can help coordinate your care.
Ask for referrals from family and friends.
Then, check to see if those doctors are in your plan's network.
Search your plan's network for doctors who are nearby
Convenience will make it easier for you to see your doctor regularly.
Call the doctors to find out more
Ask about things like cancellation and payment policies, insurance claims, and after-hours health concerns.
Schedule an appointment with your top choice
Go over your medical history, discuss your health concerns, and see if it's a good fit.