A primary care physician is one who functions as the patient's main doctor. The primary care physician is the one that patients will visit for nearly any health concern, for maintenance of ongoing health conditions, and for non-critical urgent care in most cases.
If a person is ill, whether it is the flu, a sprain, chronic headaches, or chest pain, they will often call the primary care doctor first. Primary care physicians do physicals, annual check-ups, treatments for chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, treatments for unexpected sickness like bronchitis or other respiratory illnesses, and much more. Most primary care doctors see patients of all ages, often seeing multiple members of the same family. Many people have the same primary care physician for many years. Being comfortable with the primary care doctor enough to trust them completely is important, so the doctors at Internal Medicine & Family Practice strive to create this comfortable atmosphere.
There may be times that a patient has a health concern that falls outside of the doctor's areas of practice. In these cases, the primary care doctor will identify an appropriate specialist and will create a referral to that other doctor. Specialists are usually used in situations where the patient requires a surgery; for example, an OB/GYN may be needed to perform a hysterectomy. While the patient is seeing the specialist, they will still see their primary care doctor for all other medical care. A specialist is simply there to provide specific supplemental health care that the primary care doctor does not specialize in. The primary care physician and the specialist will work together, frequently consulting on their patient to make sure that all medical needs are met.
At Internal Medicine & Family Practice, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.