Family Practice Doctor Questions and Answers
What does a family practitioner do?
In general, a family practitioner refers to a doctor that provides general, ongoing healthcare to patients of all ages and walks of life. A family practitioner may also be called a family doctor, general practitioner, family physician, or primary care provider. Family practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat many different health conditions, and in the case that something is outside of their scope, they will refer patients to the right specialist for further care.
Family doctors are usually the first point of contact if you have a health issue or concern that is not an emergency or doesn’t require immediate care. They are an integral part of your health, as they are often the first to notice and diagnose serious health issues, and they can administer medication or monitor ongoing treatment based on your needs. Family practitioners also provide services like yearly physical exams, or referrals for things like X-rays and blood work. They can then analyze the results of these tests to diagnose and treat various issues.
How do I find a good family doctor?
Finding a good family doctor is important. You want someone who can treat you and your loved ones, and someone that creates a safe, welcoming environment, will hear your concerns and needs, and take them seriously. Another consideration when searching for a family doctor is whether they are “in network”, meaning whether they accept your health insurance plan, and if so, how your health insurance plan is compatible with their services. At Restore Health Urgent Care, we have experienced family doctors on our staff that are accepting new patients. Call us today to schedule a consultation or appointment for you and your family.
Having a family doctor for you and your loved ones is important. A family doctor will get to know you and your history, and be there to monitor your health throughout your lifetime. Studies have shown that those with family doctors tend to have better health outcomes and an overall better quality of life. Since their health issues tend to be assessed, diagnosed and treated sooner, this leads to better outcomes, especially for diseases or chronic conditions. At Restore Health Urgent Care, we make the process of getting set up with a family doctor efficient, and we offer a suite of services available at our clinics so you can have your needs addressed quickly at your appointments.
Can anyone in the family of any age go see a family doctor?
In general, yes. While some parents will seek out a pediatrician for their children, or some elderly folks will see a geriatrician, who specializes in care for older adults, a family doctor is typically trained to care for people of all ages and walks of life. At Restore Health Urgent Care, our family doctors can see and take care of everyone at every age. If further diagnosis, testing, or treatment is needed, our family physicians will be sure to refer you to that service. However, we also have many services available on site at our office, so there are many things that can be done in one place, such as X-rays, physical exams, STD testing, as well as COVID-19 antigen testing.
Do I need to book an appointment to see a family doctor?
At Restore Health Urgent Care, you can book an appointment to see our family doctors. However, since we are also an urgent care clinic, you can see our family doctors on a walk-in basis if needed. If you’re not sure the kind of care you need, or what to do, please call us for more information or to schedule an appointment or consultation.