Doctors in solo practice cannot be on call 24/7/365 so, typically, they will have an arrangement with other doctors to “cover” for their patients when they are not available. Most doctors practice in large or small groups these days so, of course, they cover for each other.
Rick Schmidt, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursRick Schmidt MD
1401 N 4th
Purcell, OK 73080
- monday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
- BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma
- BlueLincs (BC/BS)
- CIGNA HealthCare
- United Healthcare
- Purcell Municipal Hospital
- How can I determine if other doctors will be on call with my doctor?
What kind of training do primary care providers have?
Primary care physicians are trained to diagnose and treat the initial stages of disease for adult patients. They also should be trained in prevention and wellness. Pediatricians provide primary care for children. In addition, many women use Obstetrician-Gynecologists for primary care and many Ob-Gyns have given up practicing obstetrics and only practice gynecology and serve as Primary Care physicians for women. Despite this, the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states the training programs for that specialty are not designed to train Primary Care physicians.
How can I determine if a doctor’s staff will be friendly and helpful?
Not only should a doctor’s staff be friendly and helpful, but they should be professional. That entails accuracy, discretion, politeness, efficiency and other characteristics of a professionally run medical office.
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