Top 10 Reasons to Have a Primary Care Doctor

April 8, 2016 -- It is highly recommended that people have a primary care doctor who knows you and your family well. Here are 10 compelling reasons why it’s important for you and your family to have a primary care doctor.

  1. Continuity of Care. When an entire family has an ongoing relationship with a primary care doctor, they get a better quality of care. They get to know you and your family over time, and, ultimately, know what is right and wrong for you because they are familiar with your lifestyle, your health, your family, and your medical history.
  2. Health Education. You and your family will receive special attention from a primary care doctor. They are like “medical life coaches” and take the time to teach healthy lifestyle choices to help you and your family live the best lives possible.
  3. Higher Level of Comfort. A primary care doctor is someone you can always feel comfortable voicing your concerns to and leave an appointment feeling as though you were really listened to. They will help you to become an informed and active member of your healthcare decision-making process.
  4. Preventative Care. A primary care doctor understands preventative care. Like a dentist, they perform annual checkups to uncover any problems. The earlier health abnormalities are detected, the better chance you have at receiving treatments that could result in more favorable outcomes.
  5. Health Management. They provide thorough health evaluations for the entire family—from infants to the elderly. These evaluations include: well-child visits for immunizations and sports physicals and wellness exams for men and women. These preventative exams can help detect high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems, thyroid issues, diabetes, a variety of cancers, and so much more.
  6. Advocate. A primary care doctor is a reliable and trustworthy resource to help you navigate the complex healthcare system.
  7. Referrals to Other Medical Specialists. An experienced and well-connected primary care doctor will provide qualified assistance in finding the right specialist when required by illness or injury.
  8. Coordination of Care. If a specialist is required, a primary care doctor can coordinate information between other healthcare providers, making sure there is no duplication of testing to help reduce your medical costs.
  9. Better Patient-Doctor Communication. They are your first-line of defense if something is not right. They will take your phone calls and answer any questions you might have about a pressing medical issue. They can assess the urgency of most medical problems and will direct you to the best place for that care.
  10. Longevity. They look at the “big picture” of you and your family’s health. Overall, having a primary care doctor will keep you as healthy as possible as you navigate through the many stages of life. Studies show people who regularly visit a PCP have longer, healthier lives.

Looking for a Family Doctor?

Brady Martin, DO, is a family medicine specialist and sees patients of all ages at Bingham Memorial Family Medicine in Pocatello. He performs well-child visits, immunizations, and sports physicals; wellness exams for men and women; and, helps patients to manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. To schedule an appointment, please call (208) 478-7900. (Same-day appointments are available.)

Jared Kam, MD, is a fellowship-trained sports medicine and family physician. As a specialist in sports medicine, he is able to treat injuries sustained by sports and recreational activities. Dr. Kam is member of Bingham Memorial’s Orthopedic Institute, east Idaho’s largest group of physicians. Dr. Kam has offices in Pocatello and Idaho Falls. To schedule an appointment, please call (208) 478-2449.

 

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