If you're planning to switch doctors, experts say you should also be prepared to ask a number of questions.

Physicians say you should inquire about different options for care, such as nurse-call lines and urgent care services. Also, ask about what your primary-care physician specializes in.

And when it comes to testing, doctors recommend asking how long it takes to get results and who you'll get them from.

And whenever you go see a new provider, you should always take one important step:
"When seeing a healthcare provider for the first time, I encourage people to bring all their medications with them, not only prescription medications, but any over-the-counter supplements, vitamins, etc.," said Stephen Campbell, M.D. of Mayo Clinic Health System.
Doctors recommend asking about patient-online services and transferring medical records.