Which Doctor Do You Choose?

Which Type of Provider Should You See?

There are many reasons you might need to see a doctor. Maybe you need to get your annual physical or immunizations. You might need to see a doctor about something affecting your overall health. Other times, you might need treatment for a cold or the flu. And in some cases, you might have a more serious injury or illness and need a specialist’s care.

No matter what your symptoms are, we have providers in our network who can help you.

Primary Care Providers (PCPs)

PCPs, sometimes called family doctors, internists, or general practitioners, are individual practitioners. They help you manage your healthcare needs and can be: 

  • Family practice doctors
  • Internal medicine doctors
  • Pediatricians
  • Certified nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants

PCPs provide services such as:

  • Annual exams
  • Routine immunizations
  • Age-appropriate preventive screening recommendations
  • Treatment for illnesses and injuries

We believe a strong relationship with a PCP will help you and your family get the most benefit from your health plan and keep you healthy. 

Specialty Care Practitioners (Specialists)

Specialists are doctors who have an advanced training and degrees in a particular branch of medicine. A specialist treats a specific disease, medical condition, or a specific part of the body.

True Health New Mexico does not require you to get a prior authorization before seeing a specialist. However, some specialists may ask your PCP for a referral before you can see the specialist. When making an appointment with a specialist, be sure to ask if they want a referral from your PCP.