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When you select a new primary care physician—whether you’ve just moved, changed insurance plans or simply want a different doctor—it’s the start of an important relationship.

So, how do you make the right choice for you and your family? Use the information below to make your decision with confidence—and be sure to explore more helpful primary care resources from the experts at Presence Health.

What is a Primary Care Provider?

A primary care provider (PCP) is a health care practitioner who sees people with common medical problems. The PCP is most often a doctor, though may be a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner in some cases. Your PCP is often involved in your care for a long time, so it’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable partnering with.

 A PCP is your main health care provider in non-emergency situations, and available to:

  • Provide annual wellness visits and routine check-ups
  • Provide preventive care and guide healthy lifestyle choices
  • Identify and treat common medical conditions
  • Make referrals to medical specialists when necessary

Primary care is most often provided in an outpatient setting. However, if you are admitted to the hospital, your PCP may assist in or direct your care.

Types of PCPs

Having a PCP can give you a trusting, ongoing relationship with one medical professional over time. At Presence Health, those relationships are the foundation of our care, and we offer several different types of PCPs to meet your needs:

  • Family medicine physicians: Doctors who have completed a family practice residency and are board certified, or board eligible, for this specialty. The scope of care includes children and adults of all ages and may include obstetrics and minor surgery.
  • Pediatricians: Doctors who have completed a pediatric residency and are board certified, or board eligible, in this specialty. The scope of their practice includes the care of newborns, infants, children and adolescents.
  • Geriatricians: Doctors who have completed a residency in either family medicine or internal medicine and are board certified in this specialty. They often serve as a PCP for older adults with medical needs related to aging.
  • Internists: Doctors who have completed a residency in internal medicine and are board certified, or board eligible, in this specialty. Their practice includes the care of adults of all ages for many different medical problems.
  • Obstetricians/gynecologists: Doctors who have completed a residency and are board certified, or board eligible, in this specialty. They often serve as a PCP for women, particularly those ready to have children.

 Many insurance plans limit the providers you can choose from, or provide financial incentives for you to select from a specific list of providers. Make sure you know what your insurance covers before narrowing your options. See a complete list of insurances accepted at most Presence Health locations.

Questions to Ask Yourself

When choosing a PCP, also consider the following:

  • Is the office staff friendly and helpful?
  • Are the office hours convenient to your schedule?
  • How easy is it to reach the provider?
  • Do you prefer a provider whose communication style is friendly and warm, or more formal?
  • Do you prefer a provider focused on disease treatment, or wellness and prevention?
  • Does the provider have a conservative or aggressive approach to treatment?
  • Does the provider order a lot of tests?
  • Does the provider refer to other specialists frequently or infrequently?
  • What do colleagues and patients say about the provider?
  • Does the provider view your patient-doctor relationship as a true partnership?
  • Do you feel like you are treated with care and compassion?

 If a health care problem comes up and you do not have a primary health care provider, in most cases, it is best to seek non-emergency care from an urgent care provider rather than a hospital emergency room. This will often save you time and money. Presence Health partners with convenient immediate care centers throughout Illinois with extended evening and weekend hours. Additionally, many of our emergency rooms have expanded their services to include express care within the ER itself or an adjoining area.

Find Skilled and Compassionate Care, Right Here at Home

The primary care physicians of Presence Health provide warm and attentive care, at locations near where you live and work. We take the time to listen, to understand and too provide the expertise to help you live and feel your very best.

 To partner with a Presence Health primary care physician, call 877.737.4636 or find a location nearby.

For more information call 877.737.4636

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