How do you find a local doctor using the Web?


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Medical sites such as WebMD allow you to locate a doctor by location and specialty. In addition, if you search the website of your health insurance company, you can find a doctor covered by your particular health insurance.

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How do you find a local doctor using the Web?
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Medical websites not associated with any particular health insurance also allow individuals to search for doctors. For example, WebMD offers a Physician Directory Search feature where you can click on a particular specialty, then your state, then your city. A list of nearby doctors is displayed showing each doctor's location, level of experience and types of insurance accepted. The site Doctor Directory also offers several different ways to search for a doctor, including searching by a combination of specialty with either zip code or health provider's last name.

An alternative way to search for local doctors is to use a physician search feature, if available, on your health insurance website. For example, on the Blue Cross Blue Shield website, you can input either the first three characters of one's health insurance ID or specify your type of insurance, then search for doctors within a certain radius of a particular city. The search results display doctors that are in network, helping to ensure lower-cost care when visiting a physician.

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