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Consider a Family Medicine Doctor For the Whole Family

Consider a Family Medicine Doctor For the Whole Family

Can you name the BBC’s whacky sci-fi show that’s been running off and on since 1963? Dr. Who is now a super-series. It focuses on a time-traveling, personality- and appearance-changing character known simply as The Doctor, and millions of fans find it endlessly entertaining.

But wondering about “Dr. Who?” is not so enjoyable for the millions of folks who’ve recently had to find a new primary-care doctor for their toddler, their teen, themselves and their spouse because their health insurance coverage changed.

So here’s an idea that may simplify your search and provide good primary care for your entire family from age 2 to 82: Consider signing up with a doctor who practices family medicine. Family medicine docs are patient-oriented and, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), offer care that’s uniquely personal and comprehensive and not limited by your age or gender. They advocate care based on knowledge of your health issues and in the context of your family and community. And they emphasize disease prevention and health promotion.

Every year May 19 is World Family Doctor Day, but we bet you’ll find reason to celebrate whatever the date, if you and your family get your care from a family medicine practitioner. When the president-elect of AAFP, Wanda Filer, was on The Doctor Oz Show this year, she stressed how a family physician’s unique approach can help everyone in your family feel more comfortable working with a healthcare provider to stay well and manage illness. And we agree.  

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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