It is essential for members to build a relationship with their Primary Care Provider (PCP) because it will help them provide better treatment and care for you.
The better they know you, the better they can treat you. It’s that simple. Seeing your PCP on a regular basis can help prevent serious health problems in the future. Follow these helpful tips to cultivate a relationship with your PCP:
1. Find a PCP you trust
One of the most important ways you can build a relationship with your PCP is by choosing one you trust. This is a great foundation for creating a long-lasting relationship with your doctor. When you are first looking for a PCP, it’s okay to shop around. You will be able to find one you feel provides you with the care you need.
2. Effectively communicate with your PCP
From the beginning, it’s important to establish effective communication with your PCP. You can work with them to provide them with the full picture of your health history. Don’t be afraid to tell your PCP if you’re in pain or if you’re experiencing any health issues.
3. Stay up-to-date on appointments and annual exams
Consistency is important when you are building a relationship with your PCP. Make sure you are staying up-to-date with your appointments and annual wellness exams. The doctor’s office can send you reminders about your appointments as well. Annual exams are important because they help prevent other health problems down the road.
4. Reach out to them if you need any help
Don’t hesitate to reach out to your PCP if you need any help. They are there to answer your health concerns. Talk to your doctor about the best way you can reach them if you need to talk to them. Be respectful of their time and only contact them when it is important.
Ready to find your PCP? Start with the ABS Provider Search Tool today!