Five Reasons Why You Need A Primary Care Provider


Research from numerous studies has found that the number of Americans who have a primary care provider is shrinking. There are many reasons for this, but deciding not to see a primary care provider isn’t a decision to take lightly. While you can receive some of the same types of basic care from walk-in clinics or urgent care centers, primary care providers — which include doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants — offer a unique value that can have a huge impact on your health. Find out some of the best reasons that you should consider getting (or keeping) a primary care provider.

1. Take a Preventative Approach

Many people go to their primary care provider when a health problem arises and they need help. However, in addition to treating health problems as they arise, primary care providers offer preventive services such as flu shots, cancer screenings, and counseling on losing weight healthily and smoking.

2. Better-Manage Chronic Diseases

Chronic health conditions, otherwise known as a long-lasting or persistent health problem, can be challenging to manage alone. Primary care providers can help monitor your condition and provide valuable information on how to keep symptoms at bay. If you have a chronic condition like diabetes, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or congestive heart failure (CHF), it’s especially important to schedule regular primary care visits.

3. Build a Trusting Relationship

Most people don’t love talking to strangers about their personal matters, especially their health care needs and concerns. Primary care providers are the starting point for many patients seeking health care, and because of this, they serve as advocates for your health care needs. This allows you to develop a closer relationship with your provider, helping you feel comfortable being your own health care advocate and holding honest conversations about your health. Seeing your primary care provider consistently also ensures that you have a professional at your side to help you make informed decisions.

4. Catch Health Issues Early

Through routine screenings, monitoring your health history and asking the right questions, primary care providers can help to catch health issues at the earliest stage before they worsen.

Research has shown that people who regularly visit a primary care doctor go to the hospital and visit an emergency room less than those who don’t have a primary care provider.

5. Create a Full Health History

Visiting a primary care provider regularly will help you build a comprehensive record of your health history. Your primary care provider will also help you track your family health history and identify how it could potentially impact you. All of these factors can help you take preventive steps against certain conditions and help your provider identify health issues earlier.

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