Your Primary Care Doctor is Your Partner in Health
Find and visit a primary care provider you trust. Your primary care doctor is your partner in health.
What is a primary care provider?
Your primary care doctor is your health care partner for preventive care and medical treatment. Each person in a family may want his or her own provider.
Primary care providers can be:
- General or family practitioner (all ages)
- Pediatrician (infants, children, adolescents)
- Internist (adults)
Your primary care doctor's team of health care professionals may also include a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant.
When to search for a primary care provider
The best time to search for a primary care provider is when you are feeling well and have the time and energy to figure out the right match for you. That way, when you need medical care, you'll know right where to go.
In addition to giving you the regular exams you need, your primary care doctor can help you with:
- Weight loss
- Quitting tobacco
- Care and support when you're are feeling sick
- Coordinating specialized care or hospitalization
- Other health questions and concerns
Your Primary Care Doctor Resources
- How to Find the Right Primary Care Doctor for You (54 KB PDF)
Downloadable tip sheet on how to find the right primary care provider.
- Your Primary Care Doctor Is Your Partner in Health (53 KB PDF)
Downloadable tip sheet on the value of a primary care doctor.
- Your Voice Matters (Washington Health Alliance)
Learn what type of experience you should expect when you go to the doctor. Also see how Puget Sound region medical groups and clinics compare on patient experience.
- Choosing a Primary Care Provider (Medline Plus)
Definitions of the different types of primary care providers you can choose from to best meet your health needs.
- More Resources
Presented by the Washington Health Alliance; Bureau of Minoirty Health; Mid-south Foundation; Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals