Choosing a Primary Care Physician
You should choose a primary care physician to manage your health when you are healthy, not sick.
You will to find a primary care physician who will listen to you and have a conversation about your health decisions. You need to build a relationship with your primary care physician so that if you do get sick, they will have your health history information to provide the best treatment options.
There are many considerations when choosing a primary care physician. You want to choose a primary care physician that is close to your home or work. Their hours must be convenient to your schedule and offer timely appointments for sick visits. You want to make sure the staff is friendly and attentive to your needs. You want the staff to remind you about appointments, medication refills and tests you might need. You will want the doctor's office to be clean, comfortable and modern with plenty of free parking options and possibly amenities such as free valet parking.
Many physicians have digital health records and offer an online patient healthcare tool so you can communicate with your physician and store your health information with secure, 24/7 access. You will also want to check that your primary care physician accepts your insurance before you make an appointment.
Knowing that your physician is aligned and has staff privileges with a quality hospital is also very important should you ever need to be admitted to the hospital. They can be part of your care and have relationships with hospital staff to aide in your care.
Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Geriatrics?
Some primary care physicians treat the entire family. They practice Family Medicine. Other primary care physicians only treat adults and they practice Internal Medicine. Some primary care physicians, known as Pediatricians, treat only children. Other primary care physicians, known as Geriatricians, treat only elderly patients. Depending on your personal needs and family situation, you will want to pick the right primary care option.
Finding a Physician for My Special Needs
You might have a special need such as a doctor's office that is handicap or bariatric accessible. There are also physicians who speak foreign languages to help those who speak English as a second language. If you depend on mass transit you will want to make sure your primary care physician's office is accessible by bus and regional rail. You can choose a male or female physician, depending on who you feel more comfortable with.
Building a Relationship with a Primary Care Physician
You want to find a doctor that is caring and compassionate. You should find one that will explain things to you simply so you will understand and will give you different treatment options. You also need your primary care physician to communicate with all of your specialists for you so they know your health history to make better treatment decisions. Most of all you want a physician that you can talk to and who will listen to your needs. Building a lasting healthcare relationship with your primary care doctor will give you the best opportunity to manage your health.
We have many experienced and caring primary care physicians you can build a relationship with who are accepting new patients. Call and set up an appointment to connect with one today!
Bucks County Family Practice - 215.504.5253
Bucks County Geriatrics - 215.710.4480
Comprehesive Internal Medicine - Dr. Jennifer Kitchen - 215.710.7075
Comprehensive Internal Medicine - Dr. Audrey Kleeman - 267.364.2000
Durham Family Physicians - 215.752.5433
Fairless Hills Medical Center -215.946.1500
Friedmann Family Practice - 215.752.8860
Holland Family Practice -215.355.7074
Medical Arts - 215.750.2300
Northampton Family Practice - 215.322.2444
Whalen and McElmoyle Family Medicine - 215.750.7150
Woodbourne Family Practice - 215.945.1500