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GETTING AN OVERVIEW OF YOUR OPTIONS
Virginia's DHP website www.vahealthprovider.com is a good source of information when searching for a physician. Using a physician referral service offered by one of your local hospitals can be another helpful tool to find an appropriate physician - and a hospital!
You can find physician referral services by calling a hospital to ask if they offer a consumer physician referral service. If they do, you can access the information you need during the call. Or, you can find a referral service by checking a hospital's yellow page advertisement for a physician referral service phone number. Also, hospitals will often feature referral services in newspaper advertising.
Once you have identified a physician you would like to consider you can contact the physician or add the information to the physician information you find
If your health insurance is a managed care plan (an HMO, a PPO and/or a POS feature in a health plan) another source of physician referral is available to you through the plan's pre-approved lists of health care providers. Since hospitals are also listed, your approved provider list is also a good way to begin your search for the hospital that best suits your needs.
All are good ways to begin a search for a primary or family physician or for a specialist. And all are as close as your computer or telephone!
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