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Finding an Adult-Care Doctor

Tips for finding a provider

Our team will guide patients through the process of finding an adult care doctor. Here is a list of things for patients and families to consider.

  • Ask for a suggestion from your current doctor, plus recommendations from friends, neighbors and co-workers.

  • Decide if you need a primary care doctor who can manage your overall health care and request consultations with specialists for you, if needed. Or do you need a specialist in a particular area?

  • Check to make sure your insurance plan will cover visits to the doctor you are considering.

  • Think about where the doctor’s office is located. Is it easy for you to get to, especially if you need to use public transportation?

  • Schedule a first visit just to meet the doctor and talk. You may have to pay for the time, but it’s worth it.

  • Ask the doctor about his/her experience taking care of someone with your condition.

  • What hospital does the doctor use and are you comfortable going there?

  • Is routine lab work or X-rays done in the office, or do you have to go somewhere else?

  • How long do you need to wait for a routine appointment? 

  • Can you get an appointment the same day if you are sick?

  • Does the office charge a fee if you miss an appointment?

  • Is the office staff friendly and efficient?

  • Does the office have a system for reminding you of your appointment? 

  • Who covers for the doctor when he/she is away?

  • If you call with a concern, who returns the call and how quickly?

  • What technology is used? Is there a patient portal for lab results and questions – or is information relayed by phone or e-mail?

  • How compatible is the doctor’s personality with yours?

  • Take your treatment summary and list of medications to the first appointment. This will help you talk about or medical history and any current problems you have.

Adult-care providers

You may search for a new adult-care doctor through these websites:

Following are lists of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Missouri and Kansas. An FQHC is a community-based organization that provides comprehensive primary care and preventive care, including health, oral, and mental health/substance abuse services to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or whether they have health insurance

If you currently have no health insurance, you may be eligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Please ask to speak with a staff member if you would like assistance.

Persons with commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans or other state Medicaid health insurance programs should consult those companies to obtain a list of in-network providers.

Children’s Mercy Kansas City provides this list of possible resources as a courtesy only and the list is not exhaustive. The information does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Children’s Mercy of the providers listed, the organizations associated or the services provided and is not responsible for individual outcomes or experiences. Children’s Mercy is also not responsible for determining whether or not the providers listed are in-network with your current insurance carrier.