Choosing a Doctor
Choosing a Doctor
Finding the medical provider who's just right for you and your family begins with gathering information. On our Find a Provider page you can search for a Legacy provider by name, specialty, location, and even gender.
When you click on a provider's name, the personal profile will show his or her education and certification, any special clinical interests, additional languages spoken, and the number to call for an appointment.
Starting your search
Of course, the best time to find a medical provider is before you really need one. Here's a good search process:
- Decide what type of provider you need. Common specialties are General Practice, Family Practice (children and adults), Internal Medicine (generally adults), Pediatrics (infants, children and adolescents), and Geriatrics (older adults).
- Ask friends and family members who they recommend.
- Call your health insurance plan to ask for a recommendation and whether the provider you're considering is a preferred provider.
- You're welcome to call the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners in Portland (503-229-5770) to check a physician's credentials. All doctors in Oregon are licensed to practice medicine by this Board.
At your first appointment
- Your new provider will want to know as much as possible about your past and present medical condition. Before your first visit make a list of any prior medical treatment, as well as the names and dosage of your medications.
- Arrange to have your medical records forwarded to your new provider's office.
- Tell your provider about your lifestyle, habits and past medical history. Be honest; help your provider to help you.
- Ask which hospitals and specialists the provider typically uses, especially if you have a specific medical condition.
- Ask how emergencies are handled and where you go for service.
- Find out how payment is handled and whether the office staff files insurance claims.
- If you currently have a medical problem, let your provider know how you're feeling in as much detail as possible. Be clear about your expectations for treatment.
- Ask direct questions. Listen carefully and paraphrase what your provider tells you to make sure you understand.
- Take your time. Don't end the visit until you are sure you understand your provider's directions and what additional treatment (if any) you can expect.