submitted by Jacqueline Slakoper Delessio, DO, Board-certified Family Physician at R-Health Yardley
Years ago, the relationship with your primary care physician was at the foundation of healthcare. Over time, the value behind this relationship has eroded, ultimately leading to fragmented care and a decline in our overall health. Here are 5 reasons you should have a trusting and collaborative relationship with a primary care physician:
1. Continuity of care – While going to an urgent care or directly to a specialist may seem appealing, it further fragments the continuity of care that is at the heart of good health. It is important to have a primary care physician helping guide your care and partnering with other members of your care team.
2. Managing existing conditions – Primary care physicians are best equipped to manage chronic health conditions. They can schedule regular checkups, routine testing, and keep in touch with you to help keep your chronic medical conditions under control.
3. Lowering your risks – Studies have shown that adults with a primary care physician have lower risks than those who only see specialists for their care. Why is this? Because primary care physicians can focus on preventive care and treating the whole person, not just one specific issue.
4. Saving you money – Not only will having a primary care physician lower your risks, but it can also save you money. It has been shown that primary care physicians keep patients out of the ER, can help direct specialist care, and focus on preventive care, which ultimately leads to lower costs.
5. Relationships matter – Just like relationships matter in your personal life, your relationship with your primary care physician is critical. It is important to have someone who you know and trust helping to guide you with those important decisions related to your health and well-being.