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Choosing a primary care physician

Finding a primary care physician is an important part of maintaining your overall health. Here's how to find a primary care doctor who's right for you.

What is a primary care physician?

Primary care physicians (PCPs) are doctors who provide complete, overall care. They can perform regular check-ups, manage routine labs, and see you when you get sick.

Your PCP will be your first point of contact when you need medical help or have medical concerns. They can also suggest a specialist when needed.

Getting established with a primary care doctor helps keep you in the driver's seat for your health.

Choosing a primary care physician

In-network vs. out-of-network

Ensure your primary care doctor is covered in-network within your insurance plan to minimize out-of-pocket expenses.


Choose a provider whose office is close to your home or work to make regular visits and appointments more accessible.

Health care system

Consider doctors affiliated with a specific medical system for streamlined access to specialists, tests, and records within the same network.

Personal characteristics

Look for qualities you prefer, such as gender or language. Feeling comfortable can improve the doctor-patient relationship and overall care.

Find care that's right for you

Find in-network doctors, facilities, prescriptions, and more. Explore care options, or log in to Blue Connect to search existing coverage.

Point of Blue

Our blog includes helpful information about finding or talking to a primary care doctor.

Tips to talk with your doctor

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