Primary Care is the day-to-day healthcare given by a healthcare provider. In today’s “Urgent Care” mindset, many people do not take the time to establish an on-going relationship with a Primary Care Provider (PCP). It should also be noted that a PCP does not have to be a doctor – physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are all trained and capable of providing Primary Care services. Here are just 5 of the many reasons Primary Care is important. Establishing Primary Care allows you to:
- Monitor Your Health: Your PCP is there for you not only when you are sick, but also to make sure you remain healthy. Primary care includes regular checkups for early detection of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Your PCP will order annual routine screenings to check your cholesterol, blood sugar, kidney and liver function, and more.
- Manage Chronic Illnesses: Chronic illness is the leading cause of disability and death in the US. According to the CDC, 6 in 10 Americans have at least one chronic illness; and at least 4 in 10 Americans have at least two. Some of the most common chronic illnesses include diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease and COPD. Through an established Primary Care relationship, you can set goals to lead a healthier lifestyle and work to keep chronic illnesses under control.
- Establish a Medical Home: Having a medical home means you have a team behind you with full knowledge of your health history. Your Medical Home can help you when you’re facing an acute illness, when you need preventive care such as a physical or Annual Wellness Visit, or when you simply need a medication refill. Your Primary Care clinic will house your entire health history, including previous screenings and laboratory testing, as well as documentation from specialists’ visits.
- Provide Access to Specialists: Through understanding your “whole health,” your PCP can provide access and referrals to a wide variety of specialists that can best suit your unique and individual healthcare needs. Your Primary Care team will work to ensure the specialists have all of the medical information necessary to assist you.
- Lower Your Healthcare Costs: By seeing your PCP regularly for preventive services and screenings and maintaining open communication on your day-to-day health, you are more likely to stop serious illness from developing. Additionally, you will likely have fewer hospital and ER visits. All of this can help reduce the overall cost of your healthcare.
Spectrum Medical Care Center offers compassionate, inclusive and state-of-the-art Primary Care for the unique and individual needs of our Phoenix area LGBTQ+ community. Call us at (602) 604-9500 to schedule your appointment and make Spectrum your Medical Home today!