Who are the doctors in your network?
As a Health Net Blue & Gold HMO member, you have access to a whole network of health providers. It's good to know who does what in all areas of health care, so you can see the right doctor at the right time.
- Primary care physicians (PCPs) see patients of all ages. Sometimes referred to as a "general practitioner" or "family practitioner," a PCP is usually your main doctor. This is who you see when you need a checkup or you're not feeling well. PCPs are trained to screen and treat common health concerns and provide health education to their patients. They refer patients to specialists for specific health conditions when necessary. Nurse practitioners and internists can also be PCPs.
- Pediatricians are doctors for children. They specialize in caring for patients from birth until age 18. Since they're also "generalists," pediatricians are considered PCPs. Doctors who focus on specific areas of children's health are referred to as "pediatric specialists." For example, a pediatric cardiologist specializes in children's heart health.
- Specialists are doctors who focus on an area of the body or type of illness. The most commonly seen specialists are:
|This type of doctor …||Specializes in …|
|Obstetrician||Pregnancy and childbirth|
|Gynecologist||Women's reproductive health|
|Orthopedist||Bone and joint health|
|Geriatrician||Older adults' health|
|Allergist||Asthma and allergies|
|Otolaryngologist (ENT)||Ear, nose and throat health|
|Psychiatrist||Mental health (and has a medical degree)|
|Psychologist||Mental and behavioral health (and usually has a PhD)|
|Urologist||Male and female urinary tracts and male reproductive health|
|Endocrinologist||Hormonal health, including diabetes and thyroid conditions|