Top 5 question to ask a primary care provider

Dr. Michael J. Berard, a highly rated internist in College Park, Md., says a primary care provider is usually your first contact for medical care — so it’s important to find a good fit.

“They’re a filter for information and even an advocate,” Berard says. “They should not only be knowledgeable, but also a good listener.”

Berard recommends you ask these important questions to find a compatible caregiver:

  1. What insurance plans do you accept?
  2. What are your office hours and how do I reach you in an emergency?
  3. Is there a way to get simple questions answered without an office visit?
  4. Do you predominantly prescribe generic drugs or use non-traditional therapies, and why or why not?
  5. Are vaccines, labs and simple diagnostic tests done in the office?

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