Finding a doctor you trust is an important part of staying healthy. You're more likely to schedule regular appointments. And you'll be more comfortable asking questions about your health.
Depending on your plan, you'll likely pay less if you use a doctor in your plan's network. In some plans, you may be required to choose a primary care doctor to coordinate your health care.
You'll probably pay less when you visit doctors or other health care professionals in your plan's network. Already a UnitedHealthcare plan member? See if your doctor is in the network.
Choosing a primary care doctor is something many health plans require. But, even if your plan doesn't require it, finding one is a good idea. Why? When you see the same doctor who knows you and your medical history, that person can help coordinate your care. For example, your primary care doctor:
It's important to find a primary care doctor that is right for you. Rather than randomly picking someone from your plan's network, consider these steps:
Depending on your situation, you may choose different primary care providers for each member of the family. Types of doctors include:
Not all health care is equal, and that can affect the care you receive. According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, "adults receive the recommended medical treatment only 55 percent of the time."1 That's why UnitedHealthcare developed the UnitedHealth Premium® designation program, which recognizes physicians that meet guidelines for providing quality and cost efficient care.
The program uses national industry standards to evaluate for quality and local market benchmarks for cost efficiency across 27 specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology and orthopedics.
The designation results are displayed publicly in UnitedHealthcare's physician directories (e.g., myuhc.com) to support informed decision-making by members when making health care choices and by physicians when making referrals.
More information on the UnitedHealth Premium program.
1 Asch, Steven M. et al. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2006 March 16; 354: 1147-1156.