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Martha Jefferson Monday: What Questions Should you Consider When Choosing a Physician?

When you don't feel well, or have a problem that needs fixed, the last thing you want to do is think about finding a doctor.  

"We recommend everyone has a primary care physician, because you don't want to wake up sick and realize you need a doctor," said Angie Sheffer, Martha Jefferson Hospital Health Connection Supervisor.  

While it may seem like a daunting task, at Martha Jefferson Sheffer and her team and available to help.   Health Connection is a free physician referral service. Anyone in the community is welcome to reach the group by calling (434) 654-7009.  Then, by answering a few simple questions, you can be on your way to finding a good match.    

First, you have to consider insurance, and what doctors might accept your plan.  

"Some physicians take some types of insurance; some physicians take other types of insurance," stated Sheffer.  

You can also narrow the field by looking for doctors close to home.  And, of course, there are your personal preferences too.  

"…male or female doctor…a physician who might have special interest in sports medicine…and who may even like to play tennis… we can make a match if we have that information provided to us," said Sheffer.  

Whether you're looking for a pediatrician, family practice doctor of a specialists, such as a cardiologist or orthopedic surgeon, don't let the process get in your way of finding someone who can help you feel better.   If you would like help finding a physician, Health Connection can be reached at (434) 654-7009.  

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