This post was written by Cara Jo Swetsky of Jefferson Corporate Communications.
You’re healthy, you’re active, and your life is already busy enough. Do you really need a primary care physician? Kathryn McGrath, MD, Family Medicine Physician from Jefferson Methodist Hospital says “YES!” – Here are five reasons why:
1. Full spectrum care: Primary Care physicians focus on holistic health care, meaning they are trained in a little bit of everything – whether you have a cough, are feeling anxious, want to talk about contraceptives and women’s health, or are simply curious about a certain vaccine. Think of it as one-stop shopping.
2. Higher comfort level: Over time, your doctor will get to know you as a person, and it is important to have someone you trust so that you can discuss your concerns and overall health. The more you visit a doctor you trust, the better your relationship and the better your care.
3. Transparency of health history: Knowledge of your health history is imperative for the prevention of diseases and helps your doctor catch early symptoms of serious conditions.
4. Routine screenings: While some screenings such as blood pressure might seem like a task, they hold great importance when it comes to your health. Undergoing testing on a regular basis helps catch symptoms early or before they get worse.
5. Referrals to specialists: If you need to see a specialist, start with your primary care doctor who can assist in referring you to the right doctor and be your medical advocate throughout the process.
“Everyone should have a physician who can step back and look at the ‘big picture’ of their health,” says Dr. McGrath. “This is what primary care doctors are trained to do.”