What is primary family care?
Your primary family care doctor serves an important role in treating illness as well as proactively managing your health and wellness throughout every stage of life, from your childhood through your adult and senior years. In essence, the family care doctor is like a healthcare partner or coordinator, keeping track of important changes in your health over time to ensure you get the best care, including prescribing lab work to screen for diseases and risk factors and making referrals to outside specialists as needed. Because a primary family care physician has extensive experience and training in multiple health issues and medical conditions in patients of all ages, many medical insurance plans require you see a primary care doctor before seeking care from specialists.
What kinds of care and services does a primary family care doctor offer?
Access Medical Clinic offers a broad array of primary care services, including routine physical exams, immunization, blood testing and urinalysis, physicals for school and work, “sick” care for illnesses like colds and flu, and management of chronic medical issues like high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, COPD and diabetes. Plus, we offer well woman visits and specialty referrals as needed, among other care options and services.
How often should I see my primary family care doctor?
Ideally, you should have a routine physical exam every year. Having an annual exam enables your doctor to gather important information about your health that can help detect diseases and other serious medical issues in their earliest stages. Annual visits also establish baseline criteria that can help manage your care as your needs change and as you get older. Plus, having visits every year provides you ample opportunity to discuss your concerns and to receive important health and lifestyle guidance that can help you lead the healthiest life possible.