Do I Need a Primary Care Physician?

If you want to stay healthy, building the right care team is key. We all know how important it is to keep an eye on our health, especially  as we age. Reminders to get periodic screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies are all over print, television and radio ads every day and many of us see a specialist or two such as a dermatologist or cardiologist  on a regular basis.  But is getting periodic screenings and seeing our specialists enough? Or should we have a Primary Care Physician in place as well? What does a Primary Care Physician do and how often should I see one? In episode 7 of the Sage Aging podcast we answered all these questions and more.

Topics Covered

  • What is a primary care physician?
  • Are all primary care providers the same as it relates to who they serve – families vs seniors?
  •   Why is having a primary care provider important and Can it improve general health?
  •  What does a primary care provider NOT do?
  • In what settings can you find primary care providers – sole practitioner, medical groups, hospitals?
  • Is telehealth a good option for a primary visit? 
  • When is the best time to establish a relationship with a provider?
  •  How often should I see my primary?
  • Can primary care providers manage chronic conditions or is it just a general health relationship?
  • Do primary providers assist in coordinating care with specialists?
  •  How are caregivers/family members involved in care plans for older adults?
  • When choosing a provider, what questions should I ask?
  • What should I bring to my office visit?
  •   As a family member/caregiver of a patient, what are some best practices to be an effective advocate for your loved one?
Liz Craven
Author: Liz Craven

Liz Craven, along with her husband Wes, owns Pro-Ad Media, publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide, serving the local community for over 29 years. Liz lives in Lakeland and is very active in the local community, specifically in the area of aging. Liz serves on a number of local boards and committees including the Lakeland Vision and Age Friendly Lakeland.