While you may only want to see a physician when you are sick or injured, establishing a relationship with a primary care provider (PCP) can improve your healthcare experience throughout life.
“Our ultimate goal as providers is your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, because you are unique,” says Michael Braunsky, DO, Family Medicine Physician at Prevea Health. “A PCP gets to know you, your family, your goals, and your values, and helps you make informed health care decisions based on you as an individual.”
Additionally, a study published recently by JAMA Internal Medicine found that if you see a PCP regularly, you are more likely to have important tests, such as cancer screenings and wellness examinations, which improves your overall health care experience and quality of life.
“As research has shown, patients who have a PCP spend less time in the emergency room and hospital and also less time away from work,” Dr. Braunsky says. “We help you identify problems before they require emergency or hospital care, which can be expensive in terms of time as well as money.”
Find a PCP you feel comfortable with and set a goal to see him or her at least once a year for important screenings, vaccinations, and conversations about your health and wellness.