Like your car, or pets – your health requires routine, preventive maintenance. Family medicine providers play an important role in your health and wellness. Lynne Fiscus, MD, regional medical director at Fairview, shares five reasons you should have a primary care doctor.
1. We know you!
Having a primary care provider means having someone that knows your history, your family’s history, and your health goals. All of these factors play into the treatment plan that we develop together.
2. Accurate diagnosis
A doctor who sees you regularly is more likely to notice changes in your health.
3. Health maintenance
Primary care providers focus on keeping you healthy, not just diagnosing illnesses. Prevention is always the best medicine and your doctor will work with you to screen for troubling conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol or cancers and help you manage and live with any chronic conditions you may have. Research shows that people who have an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider have better overall health outcomes, lower death rates and lower total costs of health care.
4. One point person
When you need to see a specialist, your doctor can point you in the right direction. Since symptoms can have a lot of possible explanations, your doctor can recommend a specialist and coordinate your care.
5. Everybody gets sick
Unfortunately, it’s true; everyone does get sick. And who wants to spend time searching for a primary care provider when you are already feeling under the weather? Whether its sinus congestion that just isn’t improving, an upset stomach, or sore throat, we are here when you need us.
What to look for
Look for someone who listens to you, puts you at ease and who is interested in your well-being. You want to be able to talk comfortably about any concerns you may have. We encourage you to view our doctor’s biographies online – many have video biographies to help you get to know them. Just choose a clinic location, click on care team and choose a doctor to view.
Clinics close to you
Fairview offers more than 40 convenient clinic locations, many with extended hours. We offer 24/7 scheduling by phone at 855-FAIRVIEW and online at https://mychart.fairview.org/MyChart/.