When you're feeling unwell or need a yearly check-up, you're likely to visit a primary care physician. He or she is your main health provider in non-emergency situations.
Your primary care physician can diagnose and treat common medical conditions or refer you to a specialist when needed.
Primary care providers may treat children, adults or both, depending on their training.
|General Practice||All Ages|
|Family Practice||All Ages|
|Medicine / Internal Medicine||Adults|
|Pediatrics||Children and Adolescents|
To find a primary care provider:
To find a specialist:
You do not need a referral in order to visit a primary care provider, such as a physician who specializes in:
Depending on your insurance plan, you may need a referral before visiting other specialists. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling an appointment with a specialist.
Before you visit a physician's office, verify that he or she accepts your insurance to minimize out-of-pocket costs. In most cases, you can determine coverage by looking at your insurance provider's physician directory:
If you do not have health insurance, click here to learn about New York State insurance programs and plans.
Financial assistance is also available to those who qualify.
Before you schedule your appointment, call to see if the physician:
You may also want to ask:
Once you narrow down your list of physicians, visit the following websites to learn about the quality of care that they provide:
During your visit, take note of the following:
Remember that no two physicians are alike. It's important that your physician offer the convenience and expertise that you need and is someone with whom you feel comfortable.