Did you know that adults in America with a primary care provider have approximately 33% fewer healthcare costs and greater access to the healthcare they need?

If you don’t have a primary healthcare provider, it’s essential to find one as soon as possible. However, looking for a healthcare provider can be overwhelming since it isn’t easy to know what to look for when choosing the best provider for your needs.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about choosing the right healthcare provider!

How to Choose a Healthcare Provider

Your first step is to conduct online research and review the bios of medical providers in your area.

To cut costs even more, it’s best to look at clinics that offer discounted medical services with a monthly membership. For example, Trailhead Clinics provides various healthcare services at a low monthly price. This is innovative payment model is known as Direct Primary Care and it works great for patients with insurance (especially high deductible health plans), those who participate in medical cost sharing organizations, or even if you have no insurance at all.

Once you get a list of 3 to 5 healthcare providers in your area, you should compare online reviews.

Ask the Right Questions

It’s essential to find an experienced doctor with extensive knowledge and training. They also need to be available when you need them.

Be sure to make a list of questions to ask potential clinics, such as:

  • Are you accepting new patients?
  • Is the doctor board-certified?
  • Where did the doctor receive their education and training?
  • Does the doctor have any specialized areas of interest?
  • Who will fill in when the doctor isn’t available?
  • Does the doctor treat family members of all ages?

Compare Healthcare Services

You need to consider your overall healthcare needs when looking for a healthcare provider. If you have a chronic condition like diabetes or heart disease, you’ll need to find a clinic that offers chronic disease management.

You’ll also want to look for a clinic that offers in-house bloodwork and easy access to necessary healthcare screenings.

You should also look for other services like:

  • Same day care
  • After-hours care
  • In-house medication dispensing
  • IV therapy
  • Remote blood pressure monitoring
  • Family planning
  • Wound care
  • Well child care
  • Immunizations
  • Radiology tests like x-rays
  • Hormone treatments

Make an Appointment

Once you narrow down your list to one healthcare facility, make an appointment. An initial appointment is the best way to get an overall feel of the facility.

Pay attention to how well the doctor listened to you and answered your questions. It’s also important that they explain everything to you in terms you can understand.

Finally, you’ll need to consider the clinic staff and be sure they give you all the information you need on things like payment policies.

You’ll know to look elsewhere if the facility doesn’t meet your expectations during the first visit.

Schedule an Appointment With a Healthcare Provider Today

Now that you know how to choose a healthcare provider, your search will be much easier.

If you’re still looking for a reputable healthcare provider in your area, you can turn to Trailhead Clinics for all your medical needs. We offer membership-based healthcare that gives you access to a variety of medical services.

When you join our clinic, you get better access to screenings, routine visits, and same-day visits for one affordable monthly fee.

We provide services in Grand Junction, Montrose, and Glenwood Springs, CO. Make sure to contact us today to schedule an appointment!