Choosing a Doctor

What to consider when choosing a doctor

We provide quality coverage and provider networks with some of the best doctors and leading hospitals in the world. The following can help you actively participate in the care provided to you and your family.

Research shows that people who take part in decisions about their own health care are more likely to get better quicker

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) suggests you determine the following when selecting a physician:

  • Make a list of what you're looking for in a doctor (location, male/female, specialty, language spoken, health plan and hospital affiliations, etc.)
  • Ask for referrals from family, friends, health practitioners, and hospitals and determine which doctors you'd like to learn more about
  • Research the doctor's qualifications, training, background, and quality of care through trusted sources such as those below
  • Call the doctor's office and inquire about office hours (do they have evening and weekend appointments, is the doctor accepting new patients, who are the other practitioners in the practice, how long does it take to schedule a routine appointment)
  • Once you've narrowed down your choice, make an appointment with your prospective doctor to discuss your needs and determine if you'll be comfortable with he or she as your personal doctor.