What is the Work of a Primary Care Physician?

You make a beeline to secure an ENT specialist’s appointment when bogged down by a sore throat. You rush to the dentist when the tooth ache turns unbearable. But there seems to be a surprising lack of awareness amongst many people about the services of a Primary Care Physician (PCP).

A Primary Care Physician is trained for and an expert in both first contact care for persons with undiagnosed symptoms or health concerns and continuing care for patients with known ailments. A Primary Care Physician offers diagnostic and treatment services for health issues regardless of their origin—biological or behavioral. You will thus find a PCP working with his patients to promote and maintain their health to prevent diseases and providing counseling and education to increase their awareness levels so that they may be able to lead healthier lives. A PCP may however, refer his patients to other health care specialists to undergo specific diagnostic or treatment procedures.

A Primary Care Physician usually works in a number of health care settings, from his own private office to an in-patient or critical care unit of a hospital and from providing his services in a day care centre to attending patients at home. A Primary Care Physician may also work in collaboration with other heath care service providers, usually in a health care facility.

The importance of a Primary Care Physician is in the fact that he not only provides the first point of entry into the healthcare system to a patient but also continues to act as the focal point and help his patients coordinate their use of the entire healthcare system. So now that you know what is the work of a Primary Care Physician, call us, the health care specialists at PrimeMedical, for an appointment. Dial 310-548-0201 when you are troubled by an illness or simply want to allay your fears about a health issue.

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