Do You Have a Primary Care Physician?

11/15/2013

Everyone needs a primary care physician. Why? Because building a relationship with a primary care physician (PCP) helps ensure that you get the best possible health care and keep you healthy as you age. Family Medicine, Internist and Pediatricians are all considered PCPs.

PCPs are doctors who diagnose and treat common medical problems and provide preventive care. They get to know you, your family history and your medical history. They also keep track of your screenings and can remind you to schedule them. Plus they can help you establish and achieve your personal health-related goals. And because they know you, they can help catch any early warning signs and uncover conditions that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Should a time arise when you do need a specialist, your primary care physician can refer you to someone they trust, someone with whom they can work to make certain you get healthy and stay well.

Most healthy adults should see their PCP for a checkup once a year. Don’t have a primary care physician, click here for an online referall or call AGH’s Physician Referral Line at (269) 686-4231 to find a physician who is right for you.

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