choosing your family doctor

The first step to receiving basic care is picking a US doctor as your family doctor or general practitioner. But whether you are looking for general doctor or are in need of hospital care, choosing the right facility can be quite challenging.

Types Of Primary Care Doctors

Your primary care doctor is the doctor you usually see for general health problems. When choosing a new doctor, you need to decide if you want this doctor to be a general or family practitioner, an internist, or a geriatrician.

General practitioners treat a wide range of medical problems in people of all ages.

Family practitioners are similar to general practitioners, but have extra training to care for all family members, young or old.

Internists are doctors for adults. Some internists take additional training to become specialists. For example, a cardiologist is an internist who specializes in heart disease.

Geriatricians care for older adults. A geriatrician is trained in family practice or internal medicine and has additional training in caring for older people.

Family Doctors, General Practitioners

After your move to the United States, it is important to choose a family doctor (also known as a general practitioner) for primary care and regular check-ups. Family doctors take care of the entire family and are the first to turn to if you get sick. US doctors who want to work as family doctors have to complete a three-year residency before they can do so.

Family doctors are responsible for a wide range of medical services that go beyond diagnosing and treating illnesses. These services might include preventive care, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests, and counseling on healthy lifestyles. Keep in mind that family doctors don’t all offer the same services. Some may simply not have the staff or equipment to perform certain medical procedures. They will then refer you to a specialist if necessary.

Medical Bills

Even if your health insurance covers a huge part of your medical treatments, there might be certain procedures that you will have to (partially) pay out of your own pocket. If you do not check with your US doctor and your insurance company in advance, you might quickly be faced with a hefty bill. It makes sense to talk to your doctor about your concerns in advance. They will be able to tell you how much your procedure actually costs and maybe even help you to talk to your insurance company. If you’re lucky, they will cover a bigger portion than you thought. If you visit a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital for the first time also make sure to double check your bill. Some people have been charged for procedures which they never received or which their health plan should cover. The difference might amount to a few thousand dollars and raise your 

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