Maybe you’ve changed insurance. Maybe you’ve moved. Maybe you have a condition that needs special care. Maybe your previous doctor has retired; or maybe you just want a new doctor.
In any case, it’s important to have a primary care doctor who not only helps your health, but who makes you feel good on a personal level, too.
Finding the right doctor can take some work. But it’s well worth it. A doctor you trust and feel comfortable with can make all the difference in your health and wellness.
For most people, the first question is whether a doctor participates in their insurance plan. Other factors include:
- Office hours
- Office locations
- Language(s) spoken
- Hospital affiliations
- Specialty/specialized medical training
Many people find doctors by asking family and friends about their own doctors.1 The Internet also offers a variety of helpful tools and websites. If you’re a Humana member, Humana’s Physician Finder can help. It lets you search for doctors in your area by specialty, medical condition, the type of insurance you have, and several other criteria. Besides helping you find a doctor at home, Humana’s Physician Finder can also be a real plus if you need a doctor while traveling.
Go on a "doctor date"
Once you’ve narrowed your list, schedule a “doctor date” by making an appointment. Tell the doctor’s office you’re a new patient, and bring your insurance and health information. You can be sure there will be forms to fill out!
How did a new doctor "feel?" Ask yourself these 5 questions after your visit.
- Did you get the feeling that the doctor cared about you as a person, and about your health?
- Did the doctor listen to you and address your needs?
- Could you understand the doctor? Did he or she make you feel comfortable, and use clear language you could understand?
- Did the doctor respect your opinions, culture, and beliefs?
- Did you feel like you could ask questions at the appointment, or call the doctor with questions later?
It may take more than one visit to know if you’ve found “the one.” That’s perfectly fine. You may need to spend time with a doctor to feel comfortable, and sometimes doctor-patient communication needs a little fine-tuning over several visits. But if you don’t connect, then try another doctor. You may even have to “audition” several doctors. Yes, the right doctor is that important! After all, your doctor is a partner for your life – and well-being. Humana’s Physician Finder can help you find a doctor in your network.