Finding a primary care physician (PCP), getting regular physicals, and seeing your doctor when necessary, are some of the best things you can do for yourself. Don’t wait until you’re sick to find a doctor!
Here are a few steps to ensure you start and build a strong patient/doctor relationship:
- Look for a Regular Physician
If you don’t have a regular physician, now is the time to get one. Find an excellent primary care physician near you!
- Schedule Annual Appointments
If you haven’t had a physical in the past 12 months, make your first appointment to benchmark key health indicators and help your new doctor get to know you better.
- Find Your Fit
Ask a prospective doctor or her/his office staff questions about medical philosophy and background to determine if he or she is a good fit.
- Talk About Your Concerns
Talk to your doctor candidly about all your health concerns, including emotional health issues, and any factors that may be contributing to your physical health. If you have medical symptoms, see your doctor right away to ensure emerging health problems are addressed promptly. Remember that emergency department (ED) visits that don’t result in an admission could cost much more than a regular doctor’s appointment.
- Follow Your Doctor’s Advice
If you have a chronic condition, be sure to follow doctor’s orders carefully and make follow-up appointments as suggested.
Establishing a close relationship with a PCP, before you get sick, is one positive step to a healthier you.