Nurse. Scalpel. My God! It’s a request for a primary care physician! We’ll have to operate right away! [♪♩INTRO] A primary care physician is a doctor who you
see routinely for basic checkups, non-emergency illnesses and references to other specialists
in case of complications. There are a lot of reasons to choose a doctor
who you see regularly. You might have a recurring health issue, or
maybe your insurance plan requires you to select a primary care physician. It’s also just a good idea to choose a doctor
if you’re a living, breathing adult human. We also hope that you’ll get something out
of this video if you’re a non-adult or a dog or something. [♪♩DISCO MUSIC] Right. Here’s some steps to walk you through. First, consider any special health issues
you might need to take into account, especially if you have a chronic disease or a recurring
issue. Chances are that if you do, you already have
doctors that you see occasionally. Great! If not, all you need to do is a quick Google
search for a local primary care physician to get started. Check to see if the doctor or doctors you
already see are primary care physicians; you can either call their office or check their
website to see. Pro tip for people with uteruses: Oftentimes,
your gyno can serve as your primary doctor. Otherwise, you’ll have to keep on truckin’
with our cool list of steps. Check with your health insurance plan to find
out what doctors (or, as they will call them, care providers) are covered in-network. From there, you can narrow down your search
by location or any references you’ve gotten. Take into account the doctor’s hours and
office location. Consider whether you want to see a doctor
who runs their own small office or works for a larger company, such as a hospital or Planned
Parenthood clinic. A doctor who runs their own small practice
might offer more personal and specialized care, but they might not be able to offer
sliding-fee scale payment services or convenient office hours. Research on your doctor candidates. It can be hard to find many useful online
reviews for doctors. There’s no practical doctor “Yelp”,
because it turns out that doctors are much more likely to sue for a bad review than the
Chinese restaurant around the corner. No really, there’s a 2012 New York Times
article about it. So, there aren’t many truly helpful online
listings for MDs. But we do suggest checking the site Certification
Matters, where you can look to see how often a doctor renews their board certification. You can also type in “top doctors” followed
by the name of your city to get a place to start. Without the Internet, you’ll have to rely
on good old fashioned word of mouth. One of the best ways to find quality doctors
is to ask your friends and family who they recommend. Unless your friends and family are dogs, in
which case don’t listen to them. Those are veterinarians. Once you feel good about your research, select
a doctor, and double-check that they take your insurance. Notify your insurance company about who you
chose. Most insurance companies will let you do this
online pretty easily. Schedule your first appointment and go! It’s up to you to decide if you like your
doctor’s demeanor and would like to visit them again. Most insurance companies will also let you
change your primary care physician during the year. Consider whether the doctor was patient and
attentive, whether the staff were polite and whether the office followed up with you to
see how you’re doing or if you needed any follow-up care. Does your doctor keep super rad magazines
in their reception area? Even better. Who looks at magazines in the reception area
anymore. I’ve got Twitter right here—right—all
the terrible news I need. Looking for more information about the United
States’ Healthcare System? Well, Healthcare Triage is another channel
in the Complexly network and it is so good. We will leave a link in the description, as
well as in the endscreen. And if you would like to continue learning
about adulting with Rachel and me, subscribe to this channel at youtube.com/learnhowtoadult. Nurse. Scalpel. I didn’t even put it in. I went right behind. Trying to get my own fingers. Nurse. Scalpel. My God! It’s a request for a c—primary careffff… [Laughter] Glad I don’t actually act for a living. [Laughter] A moist sha-moise.
[Laughter] But they might not be able to offer the sliding fee scale services [Singsong Robot Voice?]
as convenient as other office hours… Schedule your first apploint—applointment. Implointment. [Confidently]
Emplointment. [Singing]
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