Primary care physicians are office-based doctors in family medicine and internal medicine. A primary care physician is your main healthcare provider in non-emergency situations. Having a primary care provider offers you a trusting, ongoing relationship with one physician over time, working with you and your family for the best possible care.
“Your primary care physician is your guide for better health.”
WHAT IS MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN’S ROLE?
Your primary care physician provides preventive care and teaches healthy lifestyle choices, identifies and treats common medical conditions, assesses the urgency of your medical problems and directs you to the best place for that care and makes referrals to medical specialists when necessary. Primary care physicians are the bedrock of a medical community, providing better overall healthcare at lower cost. In fact, communities with a higher ratio of primary care providers have lower total heart disease and cancer mortality, better overall health results for patients, higher quality healthcare services and lower costs per patient.
HOW DOES MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN PROMOTE GOOD HEALTH?
Good health maintenance and disease prevention are geared toward preventing, finding or treating chronic illnesses, in addition to diseases such as cancer. Primary care physicians can recognize and begin treatment for potential health problems throughout the whole body. Your primary care physician screens for blood pressure/hypertension, heart disease, pulmonary disease, weight management/obesity, asthma, blood sugar/diabetes, cholesterol screening, colon cancer prevention/screening, mammograms, PSA/prostate cancer screening, depression, substance abuse, including tobacco, age appropriate immunizations, family medical history, medication management and education for advanced care planning.
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