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Choosing a Doctor or Health Care Service

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We all want high-quality health care, but it's hard to know how to choose. There are many things to consider, including

  • What your insurance covers
  • Whether a health care provider or service is accredited
  • The location of a service
  • Hours that the service is available
  • Whether you like a health care provider's personality

On this page you'll find information to help you choose a health care provider or service.

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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging)

Related Issues

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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • (National Marrow Donor Program)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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  • (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) Also in

Health Check Tools

  • (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Find an Expert

  • (Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States)
  • (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
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  • (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
  • MedlinePlus: Directories From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)
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Children

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Teenagers

  • (Children's Hospital Boston)
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Seniors

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging)
  • (Joint Commission) - PDF

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