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A 35-year-old female asked:

Is so called "primary care" doctors (internists or family doctor) more accountable to you than the specialists?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Accountable in the: Sense that the primary care doc will look at the whole picture, and if things are complicated, help you sort through recommendations from different specialities.
Dr. Julie Holmon
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: Your pcp will refer you to specialists because their expertise is needed in your healthcare. So, if you have a problem and are seeing a specialist for it, they should be the "go to" person for that issue.
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Primary care: All doctors on your team share the same responsibility to your health and well being. However, your primary care doctor is the one who knows you the best, and plays "quarterback" to coordinate your care, refer to specialists, and perform initial studies. They are also the ones you should see first when illness arises. But all doctors are accountable to every patient they see. Hope that helps.

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