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Primary Care Doctors

Picking a primary care doctor is an important step to staying healthy and saving money. You can find and treat problems before they become serious and require more expensive care.

Primary Care Doctor

What is a primary care doctor?

A primary care doctor is a general practice, family medicine, internal medicine or geriatrician for adults, or a pediatrician for children. This should be the doctor you see for most of your healthcare, who can help you not only when you are sick or get hurt, but with bigger issues like a long-term health condition.
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Why pick a primary care doctor?

Primary care doctors are trained to help people stay on top of health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. Your primary care doctor can also keep track of any changes in your health status.

When you see the same doctor for most of your healthcare, you have peace of mind knowing someone is looking out for your needs and keeping track of your medical records, patient history and health information in one place over the years.

Most Blue Cross health plans cover your yearly checkup at no cost to you. And an office visit with a primary care doctor costs less than a specialist visit.

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Who must pick a primary care doctor?

You must pick a primary care doctor if you use one of the following plans:

  • HMO
  • HMO/POS (Blue Point of Service)
  • Community Blue
  • Blue Connect
  • Signature Blue
  • Bridge Blue (short-term medical)
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How do you find a primary care doctor?

You can find a primary care doctor in our provider directory. Here are some search terms you can use: 


  • General Practice
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrician
  • Geriatrician

Quality Blue Primary Care

Here's a bonus if your primary care doctor participates in our Quality Blue Primary Care program.

Reduced copayment for office visits upon renewal

This depends on your benefits, and applies to the office visit only – you may still be charged a regular copay for other healthcare services like labs or X-rays that you have during your office visit.
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How can I tell if a doctor is in Quality Blue?

General practice, family medicine, geriatricians and internal medicine doctors can be in Quality Blue Primary Care. Quality Blue doctors have a blue "Q" next to their names in the provider directory. You can also ask your doctor if he/she is in Quality Blue.

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Download the BCBSLA mobile app

You can find a Quality Blue doc on your phone in the BCBSLA app for iOS and Android devices. Just look for the "Q" next to the doctor's name.