Start with your Primary Doctor and get the most out of your benefits
Think of your Primary Doctor (sometimes called a Primary Care Physician or Family Doctor) as the physician whose job it is to get to know you and your health over time. When you begin all healthcare events with your Primary Doctor, you’re building a relationship that will help him or her be ready for you when you need care. Whether it’s treating you when you get sick, providing a referral to a specialist, or administering a preventative screening such as an annual physical, your Primary Doctor will make sure you get the best care throughout your life.
Visiting your Primary Doctor first can also help you save money on out-of-pocket expenses. That’s because Primary Doctors typically charge lower fees than specialists, urgent care offices, or emergency rooms but can often treat the same conditions. If you do need a specialist, your Primary Doctor can issue a referral so that you see the right doctor and get the right diagnosis and treatment the first time.
A Primary Doctor can be a:
- Family Physician
- General Practitioner
- Doctor of Internal Medicine
- Pediatrician (for children)