A primary care doctor or PCP is a patient’s main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continuity and integration of all health care services. The aims of primary care are to provide the patient with a broad spectrum of preventive and curative care over a period of time and to coordinate all other speciality care that the patient requires.
Medicine and healthcare is changing. Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are at the front lines of this change. Having a good relationship with your healthcare provider in this new era of healthcare is not about sick care anymore. As a matter of fact, you can get a cold treated at your local grocery store now or go to any of the 5 urgent care centers in your neighborhood. T Off Men’s Health providers are here to help you stay healthy and focus on wellness. Sure we can treat the common cold, but what about your goals, lifestyle, disease prevention, coaching and exercise programs? Shouldn’t your healthcare be about what it takes to help keep you at the top of your game? T Off Men’s Health providers are consultants – coaches – on your team – for your health.
In an increasingly complex medical world, having a team of knowledgeable physicians who are up to date with the latest medical advances, who also know your health history has become more important then ever.
Research curated by Health Affairs journal found that patients who have a PCP benefit from better management and treatment of chronic diseases, lower overall health-care costs and a higher level of satisfaction with their care.
Here are the five of the most important benefits you gain from building a strong and continuous relationship with a PCP like those found at T Off clinics.
1. Easier COMMUNICATION.
When patients are familiar with their physician and the office staff, appointments are less stressful and more productive. It’s more comfortable to talk about sensitive issues with someone you know in a familiar setting than with a stranger in a strange place.
Having a single physician who has seen you for everything from the flu to lab tests to blood-pressure means having a wellness resource who knows your history. When you need an office visit, you don’t have to explain that there’s prostate cancer in your family or list the medications you’re taking and in what doses—it’s all in your record already allowing for faster visits.
With a PCP you can access a variety of health services: preventive care and screenings; care for chronic conditions such as asthma, hypertension and diabetes; and acute care for problems like coughs, digestive issues and high fever. In addition to these regular primary care services T Off Men’s Health also offers speciality services you would otherwise need to see an outside speciality doctor for.
4. EARLY DETECTION.
Consistent check-ups and contact with a single physician and office make it more likely that any health issues will be detected early when they’re most treatable.
5. HEALTH MAINTENANCE.
Your primary care doctor is uniquely positioned to help you avoid health problems. Based on the doctor’s examination and your medical history, he or she can determine whether you’re at increased risk for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and then help you take steps to prevent them from developing.
6. It Just Makes Sense
Most major insurance companies offer a yearly routine physical that is 100% covered to help people manage their health, in turn saving them money in the long run through early detection. By choosing a PCP and booking an appointment with them, you are able to stay on top of your wellness and live the best life you can with the peace of mind that is offered when receiving a clean bill of health.
Now, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time that you had a primary care practitioner?
Contact the T Off Men’s Health Clinic nearest you to book your next visit.