This week is National Primary Care Week / Primary Care Physician Week. Primary Care offices are the front lines for care and where most heath care happens. Primary Care Physicians are the first resource for overall health. Studies show that catching health problems earlier is cheaper and leads to better outcomes than advances in treatment options. Comprehensive primary care lowers the overall costs of health care and lowers hospitalizations and deaths.
Why should you schedule regular visits with a Primary Care Provider? They best understand comorbidities, coordinate your overall care, and they can detect or prevent a wide range of health care conditions.
Primary Care Providers:
- Treat the from the who patient perspective
- Provide urgent care services
- Treat infants, children, adults, and geriatric patients
- Manage chronic conditions
- Provide comprehensive women’s care
- Coordinates your care with specialists
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that $67 billion could be saved annually if people saw a primary care physician for first care.
Good access to a primary care provider means people live longer, enjoy better overall health, have less trips to the ER, and death rates from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are lower.
Thank you Primary Care Providers for all that you do and for working hard to keep us healthy.