March 30th is National Doctors Day and in celebration Kaweah Delta encourages you to make sure you have a primary care physician. 

Hi this is Jody Jo. When we think of good health, we often think of having a healthy diet and physical activity. But having a Primary Care Physician is just as important. Patients that regularly see their primary care physician are shown to have better management of chronic diseases…lower overall health care costs… and have higher levels of satisfaction with their care.

Having a regular family physician allows you to have:

  • Continuity– Having a single physician who has seen you from ear infection to controlling your cholesterol means having a health resource who knows your history. .
  • Convenience– Within a primary care practice you can access a wide variety of health services which includes preventive care and screenings such as 
  • Health Maintenance: Your primary doctor is uniquely positioned to help you avoid health problems and to detect potential issues early on.

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Importance of a Primary Care Physician – Talk to Your Doc

March 30th is National Doctors Day and in celebration Kaweah Delta encourages you to make sure you have a primary care physician and that you see them regularly, even if you consider yourself to be healthy. Patients that regularly see their primary care physician:

  • Are shown to have better management of chronic diseases.
  • Lower overall health care costs.
  • Higher levels of satisfaction with their care.

Having a regular family physician allows you to have:

  1. CONTINUITY. 

Having a single physician who has seen you for everything from ear infection to immunizations to controlling your cholesterol means having a health resource who knows your history. When you have an appointment, you don’t have to explain that there’s heart disease in your family or list the medications you’re taking —it’s all in your record already. Having this medical history ensures that providers can more easily detect patterns in your health and recommend lifestyle changes.

  1. CONVENIENCE. 

Within a primary care practice you can access a wide variety of health services: preventive care and screenings; care for chronic conditions such as asthma, hypertension and diabetes; and acute care for problems like coughs, digestive issues and high fever. It also gives you easy access for referrals to specialty services like cardiac care or orthopedic surgery.

  1. HEALTH MAINTENANCE. 

Your primary care doctor is uniquely positioned to help you avoid health problems and to detect potential issues early on. Based on the doctor’s examination and your medical history, he or she can determine whether you’re at increased risk for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and then help you take steps to prevent them from developing.

  1. EARLY DETECTION. 

Regular checkups and contact with a single physician make it more likely that any health issues will be detected early, when they’re most treatable, which may prevent complications and promote a faster, more complete recovery.

  1. BETTER COMMUNICATION. 

When patients know their physician and the practice staff, visits are less stressful and more productive. It’s easier to talk about sensitive issues with someone you know in a familiar setting than with a stranger in a strange place.

If you do have a doctor, take a moment and fill out the card below to thank them for their service. Remember, National Doctor’s Day is March 30th.

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