published to June 29, 2017
Most health plans offer the best deals when you see a doctor with whom you have a health insurance policy. You may be able to see a doctor who isn’t contracted to your plan, but visiting an “in-network” provider usually costs less out-of-pocket.
Identify an “in-network” provider that meets your needs.
- Check your health insurance provider directory. This is a list of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers with whom medical insurance is contracted.
- If you’re looking for something specific, such as a doctor who speaks a language other than English or a doctor who can accommodate your disability, your insurance company should be able to point you in the right direction.
Ask your friends for recommendations.
- You can ask someone you trust if they have a favorite doctor.
- You may be able to search online for providers to see what other users in the community say about them.
Select a provider.
- Call your healthcare provider’s office and ask the necessary questions to determine if they are right for you.
- You may also want to know if an office is near your home or work, and if an appointment time fits your schedule.
- It may take multiple visits to determine if a provider is right for you.
get more Information on choosing a provider (PDF).