As a health navigator, throughout the day I ask people the name of their primary care provider. Many share that they’ve seen their primary care provider for decades. But what happens if you do not have a provider or your provider retires?
Finding a primary care provider may be the most important thing you do for your health. In fact, research shows that patients who see a primary care provider have, on average, 33 percent lower annual health care expenses and a 19 percent lower mortality rate than patients who don’t.
But choosing the right primary care provider is just as important. When you trust your doctor, you’re more likely to schedule regular appointments and ask questions that can make a difference in the quality of your care.
Here are some basic guidelines to follow when trying to find a good match.