Today let us focus on primary care. What is it? Why do you need it? And how will it benefit you?
According to Mayo Clinic primary care is general medical care that is provided by a medical provider who is specialized in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention, and other health conditions.
Why Do You Need Primary Care? It’s in the Numbers
Statistically speaking, primary care is essential as adults in the US who have a primary care provider have a 19% lower odds of premature death than those who visit specialists for care.
In addition to this, patients that have a primary care provider save 33% on healthcare versus those seeing specialists.
Patient satisfaction for individuals with a primary care provider has been reported to increase by 10%.
With such numbers, it is evident that primary care is an asset for households in America. But how will it benefit you?
Benefits of Primary Care
Your Care in One
Your primary care provider not only caters to your current healthcare needs but can also provide you with any information in the realm of medicine. If you have questions or need advice for any physical or mental health issues, they are able to provide a wide range of services.
They are also able to help you make crucial health decisions and guide you through the choices that you settle on.
In cases where they are unable to provide care or are not specialized in the field in question, they point you in the right direction. For example, if you need home care, they can refer you to a home care agency or professional they have worked with in the past.
By working with another team of specialists, they also help in coordinating information between the other care providers.
Management of Existing Conditions
Primary care providers help in the management of existing conditions which in turn improves the quality of life. They also conduct regular screening to ensure that your underlying condition remains stable which allows you to live without worrying about your overall health.
Regular screening provided by the primary care provider can be beneficial in preventing serious health conditions. Screening of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other health conditions can help identify them before they severely affect the body.
Keeping Track of Your Medical Records
Visiting your primary care provider regularly allows them to keep a record of your health. In case of a care emergency and they are unable to provide care, sharing your health record can make it easier for you to receive treatment.
Primary care providers also make it easy for you to have open and transparent conversations about your health.
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