See your primary care doctor

GEHA | October 17, 2019

everyday health
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start or early when your chances for treatment and cure are better.

Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start or early when your chances for treatment and cure are better.

By getting the right health services, screenings and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life. Your age, health and family history, lifestyle choices (what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke) and other important factors affect what and how often you need health care.

It is important to establish care for you and your family with a primary care doctor. These doctors specialize in family medicine or internal medicine. They will manage your overall care and refer you to specialists when needed. If you already have a chronic condition, they will help manage it and improve your quality of life.

Getting your regular checkups with a primary care doctor builds a relationship with that doctor. He or she gets to know you and can personalize your care.

See your primary care doctor for your non-emergency needs such as a cold and the flu and other common illnesses, checkups, screenings and immunizations. He or she will also test for all major health-related conditions including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, and manage your prescriptions.

 


Sources:

“Regular Check-Ups are Important.” www.cdc.gov, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 August 2017.

“The Importance of a primary care provider.” www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org, Mayo Clinic Health System, 7 April 2015.

“How to Choose a Doctor.” www.webmd.com, Web MD LLC, 17 September 2019.