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Did you know that people with a primary care provider (PCP) often spend less time in the hospital? A PCP plays an important role in your healthcare. A long-term relationship with a PCP may help you stay healthy and lower your medical costs in the long run. They can treat you when you’re sick and help you get more advanced care when you need it. Finding the right provider takes time, but it is an important step toward developing a relationship with a healthcare provider whom you trust.
Many people stay with their PCP for years. Over time, your provider should become familiar with your health risks and family history. This allows them to better serve your healthcare needs and deliver more personalized care. They are trained to handle all aspects of healthcare but may send you to a specialist if your condition calls for more focused care.
Although you may need a specialist, your PCP is still an important member of your healthcare team. Specialists and PCPs work together to develop treatment plans that are right for you. Your PCP is your first stop for preventive care services. They can provide routine physicals and immunizations. They may also recommend wellness screenings based on your risks. They can diagnose common illnesses and chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. These services can help you catch issues early when treatment is most effective.
Primary care providers aren’t always doctors. They can also be nurses or physician assistants. Primary care providers often help you make lifestyle changes to feel your best. They can look at your risks and let you know about changes you need to make. A PCP can give you complete care over your lifespan. Talk to your insurance provider to find a primary care provider covered by your insurance plan.
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