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Choosing a Primary Care Physician

It’s not easy finding a new primary care physician (PHP). We’ve all been there: You’re looking for a primary care physician, but nobody is accepting new patients.

According to the Health Resources & Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there is estimated to be a shortage of more than 20,000 PHPs by the year 2020. However, don’t settle for less-than-stellar medical care. Lynx Healthcare is here to help you find the perfect doctor for your needs.

How Do I Find a Good Primary Care Physician?

Primary care is vital to maintaining good overall health, so it’s certainly worth taking the time to find the right doctor for you and your family. You read reviews when you select a plumber, electrician, or any specialist that works on your home – so it’s a good idea to give the same due diligence to your body.

Below are some ways in which you can seek advice and information about the excellent doctors in your area.


Word-of-mouth referrals are a wonderful way to help you select a doctor you can trust. Friends and family are great resources for input and opinions about primary care doctors in the area.


There’s a wealth of information at our fingertips courtesy of the internet. Sites such as Yelp, ZocDoc, Healthgrades, and RateMDs may all be beneficial in your search.

These sites can help you gain a better understanding of the physician’s policies and personality – which is a factor that’s very important since you’ll be sharing personal information with them.


If you’re having difficulties finding a doctor who is accepting new patients, reach out to a local medical society. They will be able to offer excellent information about the doctors in your area. A quick internet search or the library will help you find these resources and contact information.


Consider the physician’s credentials. Visit to verify that your prospective physician is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

If so, this means that they’ve earned a medical degree from a qualified school, completed residency, and are licensed and approved by the ABMS. A doctor who commits to continuing education is optimal, as they’ll stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies.


Putting licenses and prerequisites aside, consider how you feel about their personality and your overall comfort level. Just because a doctor looks good on paper doesn’t mean they are the perfect one for you.

When it comes to maintaining optimum health, good rapport between doctor and patient is crucial so you will feel comfortable sharing everything, including embarrassing things you’ve been experiencing with your body. You’ll want to assess whether they are both a good listener and conversationalist.


It’s a good idea to find out what a doctor’s specialties are before making an appointment. For example, an elderly patient may prefer to visit a geriatrician – a geriatric physician – whereas those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or heart disease may want to see an internist, or internal medicine doctor, who focuses in these areas.


In today’s modern world, most of our needs can be met with a click of a button – so, scheduling our doctor’s appointments shouldn’t be overly complicated.

Assess the proximity to your doctor’s office, how easy it is to make appointments, and their hours of operation. If they’re not easily accessible, it probably won’t work as a long-term option. When you’re feeling sick, you’re not going to want to make a lengthy trek.


To avoid large out-of-pocket costs or exorbitant office fees, always check with your insurance provider prior to visiting a new physician. If you have Medicare, call the doctor’s office to find out if they accept Medicare patients.

Some insurance carriers won’t cover costs for out-of-network care, and others may only cover part of the visit. Doing the homework ahead of time will ensure you don’t suffer with a surprise bill.

Contact a Medical Services Organization Today

General practitioners who are qualified to care for the entire family are less common today – but finding a quality primary care physician who knows your family’s full medical history certainly has its perks. The primary care practitioners at Lynx Healthcare pride themselves on their ability to foster meaningful patient-physician relationships.

Whether you deal with long-term health issues, or simply like to stay up-to-date on your yearly physicals, Lynx Healthcare provides comprehensive care including physicals, immunizations, health screenings, and personalized advice and counseling.

For more information, call (509) 591-0070 or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form today. We look forward to serving you and your family.

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