When you select a new primary care physician—whether you’ve just moved, changed insurance plans or simply want a different doctor—it’s the start of an important relationship.
So, how do you make the right choice for you and your family? Use the information below to make your decision with confidence—and be sure to explore more helpful primary care resources from the experts at Presence Health.
A primary care provider (PCP) is a health care practitioner who sees people with common medical problems. The PCP is most often a doctor, though may be a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner in some cases. Your PCP is often involved in your care for a long time, so it’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable partnering with.
A PCP is your main health care provider in non-emergency situations, and available to:
Primary care is most often provided in an outpatient setting. However, if you are admitted to the hospital, your PCP may assist in or direct your care.
Having a PCP can give you a trusting, ongoing relationship with one medical professional over time. At Presence Health, those relationships are the foundation of our care, and we offer several different types of PCPs to meet your needs:
Many insurance plans limit the providers you can choose from, or provide financial incentives for you to select from a specific list of providers. Make sure you know what your insurance covers before narrowing your options. See a complete list of insurances accepted at most Presence Health locations.
When choosing a PCP, also consider the following:
If a health care problem comes up and you do not have a primary health care provider, in most cases, it is best to seek non-emergency care from an urgent care provider rather than a hospital emergency room. This will often save you time and money. Presence Health partners with convenient immediate care centers throughout Illinois with extended evening and weekend hours. Additionally, many of our emergency rooms have expanded their services to include express care within the ER itself or an adjoining area.
The primary care physicians of Presence Health provide warm and attentive care, at locations near where you live and work. We take the time to listen, to understand and too provide the expertise to help you live and feel your very best.
To partner with a Presence Health primary care physician, call 877.737.4636 or find a location nearby.