Choosing a Physician

How do I find a family doctor?

If you are looking for a family doctor, try talking to your friends and family. You can also use the "Find a Physician" tool to find a family doctor near you. Once you have the names of a few doctors, call their offices to get more information. Some things that you should ask include:

  • Do they accept your insurance?
  • What are the office hours?
  • What hospital does the doctor use?
  • How many doctors are in the practice?

Once you find a doctor who meets your needs, schedule an appointment so that you can meet and talk to the doctor.


During the appointment, make sure:

  • You're comfortable talking to the doctor
  • The doctor answers all your questions
  • The doctor explains things so that you can understand
  • You had enough time to ask all your questions


What if I need more specialized care?

Referrals to specialists often are made by a primary-care physician. If you need to see a specialist, discuss your concerns with your primary-care physician. Feel free to ask your doctor for more than one name if you wish to get a second opinion.

Do I need a referral in order to see a specialist?

In some cases, patients may make their own appointment with a specialist. You will need to verify with your insurance plan whether you are eligible to self-refer. You can also contact the specialist to make sure that he or she accepts self-referrals.

What's the easiest way to find a physician?

Click here or call 580-585-5409 or 800-588-0104