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20 reasons to have a Primary Care Provider

April 1, 2013

1. Continuity of Care: Your Primary Care Provider (PCP) will have a better overall understanding of your health issues and family history.

2.  Preventative Care: Can reduce complications from chronic diseases.

3.  Health management: A PCP can help manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

4.  Screenings: You will be informed about preventative screenings and get them in a timely fashion.

5.  Vaccines: Vaccinations are provided when appropriate.

6.  Education: PCPs offer information about new health trends, healthy diet and exercise.

7.  Better diagnosis: A PCP can review all your symptoms to determine what care is needed and whether you should see a specialist. 

8.  Familiarity: Your PCP will recognize if you have new complaints that may lead to a diagnosis.

9.  Referrals: A PCP can provide referrals to other specialists.

10.  Coordination of Care: PCPs coordinate information between healthcare providers, making sure there is no duplication of testing. 

11.  Answer questions: PCPs can read and interpret x-rays, blood tests and urinalysis and can answer questions you may have about the results.

12.  Informed decisions: PCPs can help you make informed decisions about your health.

13.  Medication safety: PCPs assist in keeping track of all your medications, to make sure there are no interactions.

14.  Fewer trips to the ER: PCPs can call in a prescription or answer questions over the phone, reducing unnecessary trips to the hospital.

15.  Advocate: Can serve as an advocate during an emergency hospital situation.

16.  Lower re-admission rates: Regular follow-up after a surgery or trip to the ER can prevent being readmitted to the hospital.

17.  Handle uncomfortable topics: People are usually more comfortable talking to someone they see regularly.

18.  Longevity: Studies show people who regularly visit a PCP have longer, healthier lives.

19.  Social services: Your PCP has information about social services and can make referrals to different programs.

20. End of life care: A PCP can be a partner in making end-of-life choices, filling out an advance directive, a living will and designating a healthcare agent.