What are the benefits of having a family doctor?

There are many benefits to having a family doctor. It is good to have a doctor who knows you and knows your past history. A doctor who has exposure to other fields also broadens the scope of potential diagnoses. In addition, your family doctor probably knows the community better and can provide the best referrals if needed. But the most important thing is that your family doctor will have the best relationship with you and can answer your questions in a way that you trust; you can consider him or her your healthcare advocate.
John A. Siedlecki, MD
Family Medicine
Family doctors, or primary care providers, specialize in both sick care and well care. When you are sick, the last thing you want to have to do is find a doctor -- you want to see someone you trust and who knows you. Your family doctor can help you get over minor illnesses and prevent major illnesses and chronic diseases.

Even if you are a generally healthy individual, it’s important to maintain an ongoing relationship with your primary care provider. He or she can support what you are doing to stay healthy, building on that relationship as you and your family experience life changes that can affect your health.
Agueda Hernandez, MD
Family Medicine
Having a family doctor has a number of benefits. Family medical histories spanning generations are useful for the early treatment and prevention of heart disease, some cancers and other conditions. One of the family doctor’s primary functions is to keep track of family histories or genetic factors. That function can be lifesaving.

Family doctors are grounded in an understanding of the myriad factors that make up one’s health. They look at the big picture as well as the details.

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