Reasons Why You Need a Family Physician

Reasons Why You Need a Family Physician

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Health care is becoming increasingly fragmented, which can make it hard to know who to turn to when you need medical attention. Americans are increasingly using emergency rooms or urgent care centers as their primary health care source, instead of just for medical emergencies. While this may seem easier or more convenient, the reality is that having a family doctor can be the better choice.

Long-Term Medical History

Having a good family doctor who has taken care of you anywhere from infancy to adulthood is beneficial and important for many reasons. Since the relationship is developed over time, your primary care doctor gets to know you and your medical history inside and out, which means more accurate diagnoses and consistent monitoring of changes in your health over time. 

A family doctor's familiarity with your medical history means that you're supported in both disease management and disease prevention. Treatment provided over a long period of time means that your family doctor learns what is considered normal for you. This allows the doctor to be the first to detect emerging conditions through any significant changes that could indicate a serious problem.

Comprehensive Care

A family doctor can provide regular checkups and exams, as well as offer advice and information on a wide range of topics. Your family doctor can also provide comprehensive care by treating a wide range of health conditions, from back pain and flu to managing chronic illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma.

The doctor's ability to listen to your needs and give you time and expertise with each treatment ensures that you receive the best care possible.

Continuity of Care With Specialists

Another important benefit of having a family physician is continuity of care if you need to see a specialist. Your doctor has unique knowledge of your health and can consult with the specialist about your conditions and history. By being active in the referral process, the primary care doctor can ensure that the specialist has all the right background information on your conditions and the medications you take. Keeping you in good health is the goal, so trusting in your doctor's expertise can go a long way.

Advanced Family Health Care in Wellington, Florida

Seeing a familiar face as you travel through the stages of life can be very comforting, especially when times get tough. At Advanced Medical Clinic, PA, we pride ourselves on providing individualized, quality health care for your family.

To learn more about us and the services we offer, or to arrange a visit to our Wellington, Florida clinic, call us at (561) 434-1935, or request an appointment using our online form. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about our practice and the primary care services we provide.