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Primary Care Physician
Schedule a visit: You can use google to find primary care physicians near your home or work, or at a hospital or community you want to find one in. Call and schedule an appointment. Make sure they know it will be your first appointment. Make sure you sign up for health insurance or go through your insurer to find which physicians are covered. There is help if you have no insurance in community clinics and Medicaid. ...Read more
Call my new office!: I'm a general internist affiliated with texas health resources. I see you're from the dallas area. I am actually in process of moving clinics from near presby dallas to business district of addison in early august 2013. We'd love to have you as a new patient! The number to the addison clinic is 972-980-5050. If not, you can ask family/friends who they go to near you. Take care. ...Read more
It shouldn't: Most are comfortable with the fact that men and women share the same body of knowledge, and the same respect for patients and privacy. This is definitely true for primary care; your choice should for training, competency and 'bedside manner' The sex of the doctor should be irrelevant and in many structured care centers you may have no choice in the matter. ...Read more
Your choice: You don't have it. You have every right to change doctors. Although as a primary care doc, it's always nice to know when and why a patient is leaving, just so we know what can be done better. ...Read more
Family physician is: A type of primary care doc. Could also b a pediatrician, a general internist or an ob. ...Read more
Try HealthTap PRIME: PRIME doctors see and treat you, via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. They can see photos you upload into your FILES. You can send images while in the middle of a live PRIME consultation. PRIME can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and patients just have a monthly subscription fee. Some drugs can be prescribed to U.S. pharmacies but not controlled substances, Viagra/Cialis/Levitra, and others. ...Read more
A little unclear??: Are you maybe asking whether primary care doctors treat people with mental health diagnoses differently from other patients? I'm not sure this is what you mean -- but if so, all patients should receive the same level of care. However, mental health issues do impact overall health and how able people are to participate in their care. Mental health needs consideration in the whole picture. ...Read more
Yes and no: A doctor can prescribe almost any approved medication, but a doctor wants to be sure he himself or another doctor nearby can take care of any follow-up needs or complications that might occur after a patient uses a medication. Also, doctors can choose which conditions they want to take care of, so many primary care doctors refer pregnancy-related issues to the nearby ob-gyn doctors. ...Read more
Minor with dtugs: The primary care has an obligation to tell parents of the addiction and a duty to refer to a board certfied child psychiatrist. The ultimate responsibility for treatment are the parents. Parents need to be prepared that minors will use guilt to prevent treatment. Its not an easy choice for a parent. ...Read more
Great question: The best doc for a woman (or man) is one who is knowledgeable and caring. The pcp visit is often spent reviewing your health history, getting a physical exam, and blood work as well. A pcp can do a pelvic/breast exam and pap smear (like a gyn does). Some women have both a pcp and gyn. More than anything, you want to know that you can bond well with the doc and staff. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can my primary care physician order imaging such as angriogram or venogram, or are they restricted from doing so?
Pop: Any physician can order tests, however it may be beneficial to be first evaluated by a specialist and together decide on an appropriate test based on your symptoms ...Read more
Is it a good idea to have a nurse practicioner be your primary care physician? Are they as knowledgeable as doctors?
That's based on: Preferences. I'm biased when I tell you a primary care doc is most qualified. I love my np (nurse practitioner) and pa (physician assistant) colleagues, but feel that they are often best at helping for acute visits and stable follow ups rather than as a true stand alone pcps. We go through pre-med (bs degree) 4 yrs, med school (4), residency (3). Nps have a combo of school/work experience for 6 y. ...Read more
I need refills on my medications. Do I need to visit my primary care physician or can those be refilled by Healthtap?
Try HealthTap PRIME: PRIME doctors see and treat you via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You can send images or photos during a live PRIME consultation. PRIME can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and patients just have a monthly subscription fee. Fees are the SAME, regardless of whether or not the doctor prescribes a medication or refill. Certain drugs (such as narcotics, Viagra, (sildenafil) etc.) are not prescribed online. ...Read more
That depends: On your physicians level of comfort doing this. The legal requirements to prescribe controlled substances varies by state: http://www. Medscape. Com/resource/pain/opioid-policies ...Read more
Hard work: If you are willing to put the time and effort into your studies, that is half the battle. The key is to develop great study skills and to understand what you are learning. Good luck. ...Read more
If you had to choose all over, would you once again choose pediatrics as your specialty and be a primary care physician?
I would: I would because I have this great love of children and being able to help them. But it is different for every individual - it depends what you are in medicine for. If you want to get rich and not have much on call duty, primary care and pediatrics are not for you. But if your reward is hearing that first cry at birth, or a tiny little hug and smile, then pediatrics is your calling! ...Read more
As a young professional w/ a mobile lifestyle, how would you recommend I locate and vet a caring primary care physician? (HMO, Blue Shield CA)
In my opinion (only):
Your BEST BETS are your FRIENDS/RELATIVES/WORK PLACE! Ask them if they have a physician they trust...find out (in advance) the list of Participating Physicians in your HMO, and finally KEEP GOING! You may not find one the first time! (Don't worry you will hurt some Doc's feelings if you can't get along after the first visit or two!)
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
How long do primary care physicians keep patient records after the patient no longer sees them? Same question for hospitals. Does it vary by state?
Varies by state: State medical boards decide how long doctors and hospitals must retain records. ...Read more
How should I search for primary care physician? My family never visited doctor unless emergency. I'm on my own and nervous about 1st checkup in 10yrs.
Research and friends: There are a few good ways of figuring this out. First, ask around to friends and acquaintances you know to see who they recommend. Second, you can call your insurance company, or check their website for a referral. Third, if you happen to go to the er, you can always ask them who they'd refer someone to. Lots of resources, just have to do the research. ...Read more
When can I go back to work if I was told I have mono yesterday? Tried to go in today but sent home until I see my primary care physician, she's booked
Usually...: You are considered OK to return to work when you are feeling up to it and have been fever free without any fever reducing medication for 24 hours. Your job may be requiring that you get a release note and you will need to see your doctor for that. ...Read more
Usually yes, and...: Family doctors practice as primary care doctors (the doctors that a person should first call, for most problems). For children, a pediatrician is usually the primary care doctor, but family doctors (trained in family practice) can be a child's primary care doctor. An ob-gyn should not be a woman's primary care doctor, because every woman needs internal medicine or family practice as her primary. ...Read more
Yes: They are trained and knowledgeable to diagnose that. ...Read more
Yes: Most labs now have a celiac's disease panel that checks the blood proteins associated with gluten sensitivity. Your pcp can order this test. Some research has also pointed to folks who respond well to a gluten free diet even when the tests come back negative. Take care. ...Read more
I think I may have prostatitis. I've had many of the symptoms for 3wks. Should I go see my primary care physician or an urologist?
Either physician: You need to see either your primary care physician or a urologist. Either one, but see them soon; three weeks is too long to wait when you have symtoms. ...Read more
I have had about 3 nosebleeds in the past 6-8 weeks. Not too serious, but unusual for me. Should I consult my primary care physician?
Hi, I have Arizona's ACHCCCS/MEDICAID coverage but I haven't had a primary care physician for over three years. At that time, I stopped taking Hydrocl?
Check your BP: You can check your BP at many larger pharmacies with one of the automated cuffs that you sit down at. If it is high (>140/90) then you should address it. First, if you smoke, try to quit. Reduce salt consumption. Limit alcohol use. Eliminate fast/processed foods. If overweight, see if you can lose few lbs. If those interventions don't help (or you can't do them), see a doctor to restart medication. ...Read more
Counseling center: Will save some time, although you could consult with your physician if you want to go privately and want a referral. If there are medical issues as well as emotional ones, that might be a reason to consult with your doctor first. Otherwise, the counseling center will get you started in therapy sooner. Good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read more
Is it best to have a Primary Care Physician or would I be okay just going to a walk-in clinic? I currently just go to the walk in clinic.
Need primary doc.: We generally feel that we need a primary physician who gets to know us. You need a doctor who gets to know your medical conditions, habits, vulnerabilities. And you need a doctor who will pay attention to your health maintenance - check cholesterol, order mammograms. You typically would not get this at a "stamp out the fires" walk-in clinic. ...Read more