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which is more appropriate for a younger healthier person family practice or internal medicine?

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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
34 years experience Family Medicine
Family practice: If you are young and healthy you need to see a family pracitioner.Internists are for older pts with chronic medical problems.
Answered on Jul 4, 2012
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Doesn't matter: Either one. If you're otherwise healthy and aren't hospitalized occasionally for a chronic condition, then either specialty is qualified to be your doctor. If you are an adult (over age 15) with complicated chronic conditions or frequent hospitalizations, you should go to an internal medicine physician. They are better trained for that type of medicine than family medicine.
Answered on Jul 4, 2012
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience Family Medicine
Both can help you!: Family physicians take care of children and adults. Internal medicine docs take care of adults. Younger or not, healthy or not, both specialists are here to take care of you.
Answered on Aug 12, 2014
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Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Agree
Apr 21, 2013
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
28 years experience Psychiatry
Either. Depends. : Rather than whether a doctor is family practitioner or an internist, what is more important is that you find a physician with whom you can connect and develop a trusting professional relationship so that you won't hesitate to share any health concern or ask any question . Good luck.
Answered on May 2, 2013

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