Individuals who already have a general practitioner can find out if the doctor accepts their insurance by either calling the doctor to ask if she accepts the insurance or calling the insurance company to see if the doctor is in its network, advises HealthCare.gov. The insurance company's website or member handbook may also list and allow customers to search for specific doctors to see if they are in-network.
Individuals who do not yet have a general practitioner can search for an in-network provider by calling their insurance company or searching the website or member handbook, states HealthCare.gove. Customers can also ask friends and family for recommendations and then check to see if they are included in their insurance company's coverage.
A general practitioner is one type of primary care practitioner and is the doctor an individual sees first for most health issues, states HealthCare.gov. Some insurance policies require individuals to get a referral from their primary care practitioner before seeking treatment from a specialist.
General practitioners treat patients of any age or gender, advises Blue Cross Blue Shield. Other things to consider when selecting a doctor include the office location in relation to home and work and the hours during which the doctor accepts appointments.