The Many Patient Benefits of Having a Primary Care Doctor

Mar 07, 2023
The Many Patient Benefits of Having a Primary Care Doctor
Do you have a medical home? Read on to find out why having a primary care doctor is one of the best decisions you can make for your health!

Your home should feel like a comfortable and safe place, where no matter what’s going on outside, you know you have a refuge away from the storms, and a central location where you can deal with everything life throws at you.

Having a primary care doctor is like having a medical home. Your doctor can provide reassurance and help give direction no matter what issue you’re dealing with.

Dr. Brittany Aguirre, DO and her team at Genesis Health and Beauty Bar offer such a medical home for their patients. Here are a few of the many patient benefits she can provide as a primary care doctor.

Keeps you healthier

A primary care doctor provides your main form of health care. They are your first point of contact when you are sick, having an acute injury or chronic disease, needing an immunization, or are just concerned about a health issue and need to discuss it. Having one doctor who knows all your healthcare needs leads to better comprehensive care.

A recent study led by the Stanford University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, found that greater access to primary care is directly related to longer life expectancy. In other words, your chances to stay healthy and live longer are greater if you have easy access to a primary care doctor.

You stay healthier for two basic reasons: primary care doctors help you prevent illness and manage chronic diseases.

Provides preventive care

Preventive care is the measure you take while you’re healthy to keep from getting sick. If you see your primary care doctor regularly, you can access preventive services such as checkups, immunizations like vaccinations and flu shots, cancer screenings, and more. These regular checkups are also an opportunity to catch any issues while they’re smaller and easier to deal with before becoming problems.

Manages chronic disease

If you have a chronic (long-lasting) condition such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, or heart disease, regular visits to your primary care doctor help you manage the disease. Because they know your situation and have a baseline to work from, your doctor can tell if you’re stable or if your condition is worsening and needs attention. They are also available if your situation suddenly changes and you need medical attention.

Saves time and money

Having a primary point of contact for all your health needs will save you time and money. Regular preventive care lowers your health care costs; you can ask questions at your appointments, which keeps you from having to schedule multiple appointments with different doctors. And if you need a specialist to address any particular issues, your primary care physician can refer you directly to them for further investigation, testing, and treatment.

If you need a primary care physician, Dr. Brittany Aguirre, DO and her team would be honored to serve you. Call our office or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an initial consultation. We can’t wait to provide a medical home for you!