When possible, your primary care doctor (also called a PCP) should be your first call. Your doctor knows you and your health history and can help you with best next steps to start feeling better. Your primary care doctor may also be able to order services such as an x-ray, refer you to a specialist, or arrange other follow-up care if needed.
Use Primary Care for:
Cold, fever, sore throat
Injuries – sports injury, sprain, strain
Skin conditions – rash, poison injury, etc.
Do you have an urgent issue? Some doctors offer after-hours care, have an on-call doctor or offer telehealth visits. Call your doctor to see what options you have.
If you do not have a PCP, use our Find a Doctor tool to find an in-network provider.
Some of our providers offer telehealth visits. Call your doctor first to see what options you have. Telehealth can be used for many common medical and mental health needs including illnesses, minor injuries, and skin conditions.
Virtual telehealth visits are covered for most of our members, subject to copay, deductible or co-insurance.
When your doctor isn’t available, we’ve partnered with MDLIVE.* Get access to U.S. board-certified providers for non-emergency medical and behavioral health conditions. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
*MDLIVE® is an independent company that provides services to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield members. MDLIVE providers are available by phone 24/7 or by video 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Plan coverage and cost may vary. Log in to your member account to check your benefits and coverage.
Urgent care can be a good option for in-person care when your doctor is not available. They can treat nonlife-threatening illnesses or injuries that require immediate care. Some urgent cares also provide x-rays.
Understand the difference between in-network and out-of-network care to help lower your health care expenses. Need help finding an in-network provider? Just log in to our Find a Doctor tool to see a customized list of providers participating in your plan.