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I need a primary care physician ?

I need a primary care physician
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PCP???: You live in State of Washington. Univ. of Wash. Is ranked as the top program in Family Medicine in the U.S. Call the Department and ask for a recommendation for a doc in your part of the state. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to get a primary care physician?

What is the fastest way to get a 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

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What to do if i need help looking for a good primary care physician?

What to do if i need help looking for a good primary care physician?

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

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Does it matter if i choose a male or a female primary care physician?

Does it matter if i choose a male or a female primary care physician?

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

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If I want to change my primary care physician do I have to tell them?

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

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What is the difference between a primary care physicians and a family physicians?

What is the difference between a primary care physicians and a family physicians?

Family physician is : A type of primary care doc. Could also b a pediatrician, a general internist or an ob. ...Read more

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I need my medication filled as soon as possible and to establish a primary care physician.

I need my medication filled as soon as possible and to establish a primary care physician.

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

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The mental health patient profile: does it change primary care physicians' practice patterns?

The mental health patient profile: does it change primary care physicians' practice patterns?

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

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Can your primary care physician give you the abortion pill?

Can your primary care physician give you the abortion pill?

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

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Is a primary care physician obligated to send a minor using drugs to rehab?

Is a primary care physician obligated to send a minor using drugs to rehab?

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

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Which type of doctor should female choose for their primary care physician?

Which type of doctor should female choose for their primary care physician?

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

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Can my primary care physician order imaging such as angriogram or venogram, or are they restricted from doing so?

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

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Is it a good idea to have a nurse practicioner be your primary care physician? Are they as knowledgeable as doctors?

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

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I need refills on my medications. Do I need to visit my primary care physician or can those be refilled by Healthtap?

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

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Could my primary care physician prescribe me my pain meds?

Could my primary care physician prescribe me my pain meds?

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

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Do you have to be a genius in high school to be a primary care physician?

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

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Where do I start to get a vasectomy, do I have to get a referral from my primary care physician?

Where do I start to get a vasectomy, do I have to get a referral from my primary care physician?

Google Vasectomy: Google 'vasectomy" clinic and put in your urban location and you will be given several options. Most centers that perform vasectomy do not need referrals. Most vasectomies are not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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If you had to choose all over, would you once again choose pediatrics as your specialty and be a primary care physician?

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

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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)

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! Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more