Having a primary care physician (PCP) is a vital part of maintaining your health.
But do you know why?
Your PCP is the gatekeeper to your health. Just as you take you car in for regular maintenance, your PCP is regularly checking your health to assure that everything is running smoothly.
Many feel that a PCP hinders them from seeing a specialist that they need. However, a PCP can save you time and money by having a full picture of your health.
Your PCP knows your whole health history, and can refer you to the proper specialty when needed, versus referring yourself to a specialist that is only focusing on their specialty.
Your PCP can help prevent potentially worsening your conditions by coordinating your care, and save you money by not ordering excessive and expensive unnecessary diagnostic testing.