Choosing a Primary Care Provider

Your primary care provider (PCP) is your main point of contact for getting health care services, so it’s important you find a doctor or provider who you trust, feel comfortable with, and who encourages you to be an active participant in your health care. Don’t treat the decision of choosing a PCP lightly. Do some research and don’t be afraid to meet with several different doctors before you make a decision. Most health insurance plans allow you to switch PCPs whenever you want, so know that you can always change your mind too.

Find a doctor who works as part of a care team.

Find a doctor who works as part of a “care team,” where a dedicated group of doctors, nurses, educators, and other health care professionals work together to care for patients. Most Martin’s Point Health Care Centers use care teams, and eventually all locations will be doing so.

See which doctors have been designated as providing high-quality health care.

If you’re looking for a doctor in Maine, you can check physician ratings at Get Better Maine (www.getbettermaine.org) to see which doctors have been designated as providing high-quality health care.

Be sure to search your health plan’s provider directory.

Most health insurance plans have a network of providers you must use to get the best rates. Be sure to search your health plan’s provider directory and use an in-network doctor when possible. You’ll spend much less on your health care services when you do so.

 

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