Many people overlook the need for a primary care physician (PCP). However, your PCP will play a huge role in leading and coordinating your overall healthcare, as well as identifying any serious issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Here are three things to consider when choosing a PCP:
Establish a relationship while healthy. This gives your doctor a chance to learn about your history and understand your lifestyle. So even if you don’t think you need one, building a strong relationship with a PCP will lead to improved outcomes thanks to that deeper understanding.
Look at the team of specialists that works around them. If you know you need to see a specialist, it’s important to know who your PCP works with. At South Shore Health, we practice in a team-based approach, which means you can get day-to-day care and specialty care all under one roof.
Accessibility. A big part of healthcare is convenience. Look for something close by with hours that work with your schedule. It’s also a plus if you’re able to connect and communicate outside the office through telehealth technology.
A primary care physician can be a key element in taking control of your health and wellness. If you haven’t already done so, take the time and find the perfect doctor for yourself. It’s one of the best things you can do for your health.