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:
- More effective chronic disease management
- High levels of satisfaction with their treatments
- Lower overall healthcare costs
Consider the advantages that familiarity can give to a provider when treating patients. Your primary care physician can develop a strong knowledge of both your medical history and your current lifestyle. This allows him or her to know what conditions you could be genetically predisposed to, to make recommendations for lifestyle changes that can help mitigate those risks, and to perform follow-up care to track the results of such changes. Having your own primary care doctor can also increase your chances of achieving favorable outcomes to emergency or surgical care, as he or she can be a clinical resource for other doctors and surgeons to call upon.
While finding your own primary care doctor should not be viewed as legal advice, the decision to do so may help lower your future chances of suffering from a possible doctor error.