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What type of primary care physician (PCP) is best for me?

The choice of which type of primary care physician (PCP) is best for you may come down to where you are in life. For your PCP you can choose among several types of doctors, including family medicine practitioners, internists and OB/GYNs.  Many women, for example, maintain an OB/GYN as their PCP, especially as they plan or have families. When they stop having children, they might transition to a family medicine doctor, who sees children through the elderly, or an internist, who focuses only on adults. Many families prefer family medicine practitioners because every member can see the same doctor.

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