Choosing a Primary Care Provider

Choosing a primary care provider (PCP) is an important decision. Your PCP is often involved in your care for a long time, so it’s important to choose someone you can work well with and with whom you can build a trusting relationship.

When choosing a health professional to oversee your primary care, ask yourself:

  • Do the office hours fit my schedule?
  • Is the office near me?
  • How easy is it to communicate with the office?
  • How far in advance do I have to call for an appointment?
  • Does the medical staff focus on my needs?
  • Does the doctor usually refer to specialists for more focused care?
  • What is the provider's philosophy of care?
  • Does he or she encourage me to participate in decisions about my care?

Ask your friends, neighbors, relatives and other people you trust for referrals. Make an appointment to meet a potential provider to discuss your medical history and health concerns or talk with the practice manager.


Before making your choice, review your health insurance coverage to make sure you understand any requirements or limitations.

Find a Provider

Whether you're looking for a family medicine doctor, geriatric doctor, internal medicine doctor or pediatrician, we can help. Our Find a Doctor feature makes it easy to find a primary care provider. You can also call our Physician Referral Line at 816-221-HEAL (4325).

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