What to Consider When Selecting a Primary Care Provider

Primary care is the centerpiece of your healthcare experience. A primary care provider (PCP) is the first medical professional you will consult for most medical problems. In addition, a PCP delivers essential preventive care that can help you stay healthy and out of the hospital by screening for and treating conditions early – before they become a problem. With more than 1,000 primary care providers across the Puget Sound region, the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network makes it easy to select the PCP who is right for you and your family.

A primary care provider (PCP) will:

  • Provide you with preventive care, treatment and diagnoses
  • Help you find the right specialist when needed
  • Assist you in working with other providers or specialists

When choosing a provider, consider your own needs and preferences, such as any medical conditions that may require specialized training. Recommendations from family members, friends, and co-workers who have already received primary care in the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network can also be helpful.