Establishing and maintaining an ongoing relationship with a doctor you trust is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being. Your primary care provider (PCP) can act as a trusted partner who has a holistic view of your health—and can help with any questions, challenges or health issues that come up.
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Your PCP is your first stop for preventive care Seeing them regularly for a checkup can help catch any health issues before they become more serious. Plus, it's a great time to check in on how you're feeling, both physically and mentally.
Best of all, most health plans include an annual preventive care checkup that's covered at 100% when you use an in-network provider. Sign in to your regence.com account to see what’s covered on your plan.
1. Choose the type of provider you want
Primary care providers can be doctors, physician assistants or nurse practitioners, and they can have different specialties. You can even choose a naturopath depending on your plan.
2. Read reviews and ask around
Does a friend or family member have a doctor they recommend? Ask around! You can talk to them about their experience to see if they might be a good fit. You can also read reviews for providers right in our doctor search tool.
3. Sign in and search for a provider
On regence.com, select Find a doctor to search for a provider nearby. Sign in first to get personalized results in your network. You can narrow down your results by specialty, gender, languages spoken and more. Give the provider's office a call to make sure they're accepting new patients.
4. Reach out and have a conversation
Compatibility with your PCP is important! Do you feel comfortable with them? Do they listen and explain things well? Sometimes you can schedule an introductory phone call, or you can go in for a face-to-face visit to test the waters. It's always ok to decide that someone isn't a good fit and continue your search.
5. Check out telehealth or urgent care clinic options
Do you travel a lot or have trouble making it to the doctor's office? You may be able to find a telehealth PCP who does virtual appointments. You can also ask any provider if they offer telehealth services. If you need to see someone and are having trouble getting an appointment, some urgent care clinics offer primary care services as well.