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How do I find a doctor or a hospital through my health insurance?

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You can call your insurance company using the number on your insurance card. The company will tell you the doctors and hospitals in your area that are part of their network. You can also find this information on the insurance company's web site.

Everybody with health insurance should have a doctor who will oversee their medical care. That means you will need to find a doctor -- also called your primary care physician -- who is taking on new patients. If you have young children, you will need to find a pediatrician or family practice physician for their care. Call doctors on the list your insurance company gives you to confirm they are still in the plan's network. Once you've found a doctor who will take you as a patient, set an appointment for your first checkup.

From: How to Use Your Health Insurance WebMD Medical Reference

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Institute of Medicine: "Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014." 

Institute of Medicine: "Let's Ask 4?s"

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Institute of Medicine: "Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014." 

Institute of Medicine: "Let's Ask 4?s"

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

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