Why do you need a Primary Care Provider?
One of the best ways to make sure you’re getting excellent health care is to have a Primary Care Provider (PCP) with whom you can build a long-term relationship—someone who knows your medical background and understands what’s important to you.
Traditionally, PCPs fall into three specialties – Family Medicine (treating patients of all ages), Internal Medicine (treating adult patients) or Pediatrics (treating children from birth through adolescence).
Primary care providers are part of an expert team that can meet your exact needs. These teams are commonly comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, medical assistants, and support staff. The continuity of care you’ll receive and familiarity you’ll experience will help you get the care that’s best for you.
What are the benefits of establishing care with a Primary Care Provider?
When you have a Medical Provider you know and trust, you feel comfortable talking about anything.
- This knowledge and familiarity helps personalize your care and save time that may have previously been spent explaining medical history and who you are.
Your health care—including routine exams, preventive care and treatment for illnesses or injuries— goes more smoothly and easily.
- A PCP is responsible for screening all major health-related conditions.
- If you already have a chronic condition, your primary helps manage it and improve your quality of life.
- Your PCP also knows when it’s best to refer you to a specialist.
How do you choose a PCP?
Discussing health issues and treatments can be a very personal experience. It’s important that you are comfortable talking to your doctor about any medical situation that may come up.
- Deciding whether you prefer a male or female doctor can ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
- Choosing a doctor who speaks your native language will help ensure good communication.
- To avoid unnecessary out-of-pocket health care expenses, you will want to find a doctor who accepts your health insurance.
- Contact the physician's office or your health plan Customer Service Department regarding the specifics of your plan type and coverage.
Where can I find a PCP?