How to Choose a Primary Care Doctor?

 Ask yourself these important questions before you choose a primary care physician.

Sanaz Majd, MD
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Selecting a primary care doctor is an important decision for your health. Here’s a list of questions to consider before making your choice: 

  • Do you want a younger doctor with recent training, or an older doctor with more experience?

  • Would you prefer a doctor who is always on time and efficient, or one who takes time to talk, but frequently runs late?

  • Do you want a well-established, popular doctor with fewer appointments available, or a less-known one with more openings?

  • Some doctors are organized and obsessive, while others are laid-back and intuitive. Which would fit your personality better?

  • Would you prefer a doctor who sets the rules and tells you what to do, or one who negotiates and explains?

  • Would you rather have a more specialized doctor, like a pediatrician or internal medicine doctor, versus one who can see the whole family?

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Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only. This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider. Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.