Five Reasons You Should Have a Primary Care Physician
What happens when you get sick and don’t have a primary care physician(PCP)? It usually means either ignoring the problem or visiting the emergency room for an illness that doesn’t really require emergency care. Neither is the optimal choice for your health.
Better Preventative Care
One of the main responsibilities of a primary care physician is to provide preventative care. A primary care physician is something like a coach. They can provide recommendations that will help you protect your health. As well as getting to know you, your history and your family history. You can be treated for minor problems before they become major concerns.
Continuity of Care
Having a competent primary care physician will provide you with continuous care and health maintenance. Your physician can treat you as a whole person, taking into account your history and existing conditions.
A Central Point of Contact
Your primary care physician coordinates information between healthcare providers. When patients have questions, or are getting conflicting reports, they can call the office. Dr. Fuhrman and his staff can also make sure there is no duplication of care and testing, and that nothing is being left out.
A Key Resource
Your PCP should be the first person in the healthcare system that you contact when you have a question or a problem. They can provide answers and care, or can recommend a specialist to meet your needs. Your doctor can also help you find other resources, such as support groups and classes.
Fewer Trips to the ER
Your PCP can offer options that can help prevent you from making unnecessary trips to the emergency room. For example, your PCP will answer questions about a condition that concerns you, or may call in a prescription or suggest a course of action you can take at home. The emergency room cannot replace a good relationship with a primary care physician.