Finding a Doctor: How to Choose a Primary Care Physician with Confidence


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Have you ever wondered why it's important to have a primary care physician, or why you're required to have one as a Blue Care Network member? The answer is simple: A primary care physician is your partner in health care. They understand your health history and will coordinate your care, including regular checkups, routine screenings and immunizations. Specialty care, lab tests and hospitalization are also overseen by your doctor. If you’re a Blue Care Network member, you must have a primary care physician. You and everyone else who is on your plan must select one in your plan’s network and make sure we have it on file. If you don’t use a primary care physician to coordinate your care, you may be responsible for higher costs or your services may not be covered at all. It’s easy to find and select a primary care physician who is right for you and your family. If you didn’t select a primary care physician when you first enrolled, one may be assigned to you. You can always view and change the primary care physician who is on file for you and each member of your family. You can change your doctor by logging in to your Blue Cross member account at, or using our app. There are many benefits to finding a doctor through your Blue Cross member account. Your member account provides reliable information to help you find a doctor, including letting you:
  • Compare doctors and facilities within your plan’s network
  • Determine health care providers who are near you and accept your plan
  • Evaluate quality reports for doctors and hospitals
  • Check office hours, locations, specialties, the types of spoken languages and hospital affiliations
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Shammy Peterson

Dec 1, 2021 at 8:22am

I found it helpful when you said that you must choose a doctor that is near your place and accepts your plan. My aunt will surely appreciate this tip because he is planning to bring my uncle to a wound care doctor due to his wounded feet caused by diabetes. I could imagine how your tips could help my aunt and uncle to easily visit a professional.

Shammy Peterson

Nov 16, 2021 at 1:11am

I like that you suggested determining health care providers who are near to you and who would accept your plan. This is something that I will consider because I have been experiencing moderate to severe stomachaches for the past few days. I want to ensure that I would be able to see a stomach doctor that I could easily visit during emergencies.

Judith Tesauro-Spiering

Sep 27, 2017 at 12:16am

I really need a good family Dr. and not just out of med school either.

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