Primary Care

What is Primary Care?

Primary care is the first line of defense against illness and injury. It is a vital component of the health care system, providing general care and preventive services to patients of all ages. Primary care providers include family physicians, pediatricians, and general practitioners. These providers offer a wide range of services, from immunizations and screenings to in-house procedures and diagnostic testing. In addition to their general health care role, primary care providers also serve as go-betweens for patients and specialists. They can provide referrals for specialty care, as well as coordinate care between different providers. Primary care providers play a vital role in keeping patients healthy and ensuring that they receive the best possible care.

  • General and Preventative Health Care
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • In House Minor Procedures
  • Patient Centered Care Coordination
  • Referral to Specialists
  • Telehealth Services by Appointment
  • Same-Day Appointments as available

Primary Care Clinicians

 Primary care clinicians are defined as those health professionals who are responsible for providing the majority of personal health care services to individuals and families within a community. Primary care clinicians include family physicians, pediatricians, general internists, and obstetrician-gynecologists. These clinicians may practice in solo or group practices, hospital outpatient departments, community health centers, or a variety of other settings.

While primary care can be provided by a variety of health care professionals, family physicians are uniquely suited to provide comprehensive primary care due to their training and scope of practice. Family medicine residency programs are designed to train physicians in the provision of comprehensive, continuous, and personal health care for the individual and family. In addition to traditional medical training in diagnosing and treating illness, residents in family medicine also receive training in behavioral health, population health, and managing chronic disease. This comprehensive training allows family physicians to provide coordinated, patient-centered care that is tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

Primary Care vs Family Medicine

While the terms “primary care” and “family medicine” are often used interchangeably, there is a subtle but important distinction between the two. Primary care refers to the overall provision of health care, while family medicine specifically refers to the medical specialty that provides comprehensive primary care for people of all ages. Family physicians are trained to provide continuing and comprehensive care for the individual and family across all ages, genders, diseases, and parts of the body. They are trained to diagnose and treat health problems that range from the common cold to more complex chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, family physicians also provide preventive care, including vaccinations and health screenings, and counseling on lifestyle changes to promote good health.

While primary care can be provided by a variety of health care professionals, family physicians are uniquely suited to provide comprehensive primary care due to their training and scope of practice. Family medicine residency programs are designed to train physicians in the provision of comprehensive, continuous, and personal health care for the individual and family. In addition to traditional medical training in diagnosing and treating illness, residents in family medicine also receive training in behavioral health, population health, and managing chronic disease. This comprehensive training allows family physicians to provide coordinated, patient-centered care that is tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

Primary Care vs Family Medicine

Primary care should be accessible to all people regardless of their income, insurance status, or location. It is the first point of contact with the health care system and it plays a vital role in keeping people healthy. Primary care providers are trained to provide comprehensive care and they are able to manage a person’s overall health. They provide preventive care, screenings, and counseling on lifestyle changes to promote good health. In addition, primary care providers also manage chronic conditions and provide coordination of care.

Primary care is essential to achieving the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower costs. By providing coordinated, continuous, and comprehensive care, family physicians are uniquely positioned to help patients achieve their best possible health. In order to continue meeting the needs of patients, it is important that we invest in primary care and family medicine. Primary care is the foundation of a strong and sustainable health care system.  It is the key to achieving better health, better care, and lower costs for all.