Can I list my physician’s assistant as my primary care physician?

January 29, 2016

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OK, guys.

This is a tricky one.

If you have an HMO health insurance plan, you will need to select a primary care physician upon applying. If you do not select one, the carrier will select one for you (if you have a PPO, EPO or POS plan, you do not need to do this).

Say you go to the doctor’s office and you primarily see a physician’s assistant. Let’s call her Starla. Starla is attentive and understanding and she likes narwals and Guns & Roses just like you. She rocks. She rocks so much that you have zero interest in seeing the actual doctor who owns the practice. You prefer to only see Starla.

So you’re wondering: Can I put Starla as my primary care physician on my HMO plan?

The short answer is no. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still see Starla.

What you’re going to want to do is put Starla’s boss, the governing doctor at the practice, as your primary care physician. However, you can continue seeing Starla as though she’s your primary care physician. Don’t worry. You and Starla can keep talking about those narwhals and Axl Rose’s hair.