Expert Q & A: How can I find a good doctor?
Written by Katie Carpenter
Dec 11, 2013 2:18 PM
Christopher from Jonestown, PA asks:
How to find a good family practice physician--Are there resources out there with reviews of doctors?
A: Finding a primary care provider should start with identifying practices within about five miles of your home or office. The further away your provider is, the less likely you will be to use them. Most hospital websites have a "find the doctor" feature that lists all the physicians affiliated with a particular health system. It’s also important to think about what you want in your provider such as office hours, physician ages, etc.
Talk to your friends and coworkers. If they like their primary care provider, ask them why, because what they like may not be what you like. Most hospitals have lists of providers available, as do insurance companies. I recommend you see a provider who takes your insurance, and if you don’t have insurance, talk directly to the office. Many work with uninsured patients and offer discounts or payment plans.
Last but not least, go see the provider to assess the experience. Look for a provider who will listen to you and engage you in the overall care process and decisions about your care. Once you have found a PCP you like, sticking with them for your regular care can help you stay healthy.
Megan J. Borror, MD; West Hanover FamilyCare, PinnacleHealth Medical Group
Additional resource: Find a doctor in Central Pennsylvania: WebMD Physician Directory