Everyone needs a Primary Care Provider or PCP. It is important to have a PCP to go to who knows you when you need his/her help. Getting to know your PCP leads to better medical care and outcomes by catching small health problems before they become serious. Let’s list the benefits of having a PCP:
- Someone who knows all about you and your health problems. You can trust your PCP to drive the care you need, when you need it, emotionally, spirituality, or physically.
- He/she can coordinate your care. If you need a specialist, you can count on your PCP to send you to see the right specialist.
- Your PCP orders the right tests and procedures as you need them throughout your stay with him/her. He/she becomes the healthcare navigator for you.
- Your PCP can help you stay healthy. He/she can arrange for screenings such as mammograms, colorectal cancer screening, blood pressure, blood sugar and much more. If you do not take care of some of these chronic illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you may face severe consequences.
Regardless of the health that you are in today, it can be improved with the help of your PCP in the network. If you don’t have a PCP, you can go to MYFHCA.org or please call 407-303-DOCS to select one near you. If you have a PCP call and make an appointment to have your yearly check-up done and take care of the screenings that you may need.
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