It may seem to people in Providence as though cases regarding medical malpractice seem to dominate today’s headlines. This may lead to a loss of faith in the healthcare system as a whole. This presents an a potentially complicated dilemma: you’re of course encouraged to seek medical attention for those injuries and ailments that can’t heal without intervention, yet concerns over the quality of that care or the potential for further problems may cause you even greater stress. One way to help resolve such a dilemma is by having a primary care physician.
Data shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that of the estimated 1 billion medical office visits that occurred in 2010, just over 55 percent of those were to primary care physicians. Yet researchers have shown that people who have a primary care doctor enjoy the following health benefits: