Are you making the same mistake every single year?
When was the last time you saw a primary care physician for a check-up?
Many Americans do not realize how much a yearly doctor visit can improve health and save money in the long run. According to an analysis of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, about 23% of Americans do not have a primary care physician or health care provider. But acquiring and using your personal doctor can be extremely valuable to your overall health for numerous reasons.
Primary care provides a place for people to go for their general health issues. Patients can expect, in most cases, that their problems will be solved without referral. If a referral is needed, your general physician can guide you to a trusted specialist.
Dr. Diana Zamojski, a family medicine doctor with Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., says “Building a relationship with your primary care physician allows patients to not only have a guide through the health system, but also allows them to be part of the decision making that goes into their care.”
In addition to patients building a trusting relationship with their physician, utilizing a primary care doctor can also provide more frequent opportunities for disease prevention and the advocacy of health. A yearly check-up can aid in detecting health problems that could develop into more serious issues. Primary care physicians can treat more than you may think; they can also treat various chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes.
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