What is a Primary Care Provider (PCP)?

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What is a primary care provider? MainStreet Family Care is here to educate you on primary care providers. 

What Is Primary Care? 

What is primary care? Primary care combines general health services and preventative care. These services allow you to keep a routine check on your health. 

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What Qualifications Do Primary Care Providers Have? 

Primary care providers are medical professionals board certified in a wide variety of medicine. They can be a physician, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant. 

If your primary care provider is a physician, they went to medical school and studied family medicine, internal medicine, adult medicine, or pediatric medicine. They are qualified to diagnose and treat a large variety of conditions, as well as provide preventative care. For this reason, they are often referred to as family doctors. 

Additionally, nurse practitioners and physician assistants studied similar tracts and can diagnose and treat various conditions. 

What Services Do Primary Care Providers Offer?

Preventative Care

Preventative care is one of the main focuses of primary care providers. They are usually seen yearly and can give you plans to prevent conditions. 

Yearly Visits

Since primary care providers are mostly seen yearly, they will have a full run-down on your medical history. This will allow them to monitor your health over a long span of time, and they can notice any anomalies if there are any. 

Referral To Specialists

If you suffer from ongoing or new health conditions, primary care providers can refer you to specialists depending on your condition. They will also work with specialists to provide you with the best medical care possible. 

Other Services

Primary care providers also offer services that consist of: 

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Acid reflux/GERD 
  • Diabetes
  • Lab work

Why Should I Visit A Primary Care Provider? 

Primary care is extremely important for adults. They see you yearly to compare your past health status to your current status. This allows them to see if you have any underlying conditions that require treatment. 

Additionally, primary care providers can help you prevent future health conditions that could be life-threatening. For example, if you are overweight, your PCP may give you plans to prevent future health conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Developing these plans and following them is imperative for your future health. 

How To Choose A Primary Care 

You should be highly selective about where you receive primary care. The most important part of choosing a provider is ensuring that they employ board-certified staff, whether physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners. 

If you have health conditions, you should also make sure that they offer services to fit your needs. You can do so by checking out their website or calling their office with your questions. 

Why MainStreet Family Care for Primary Care

MainStreet Family Care is dedicated to providing the best care to each and every one of our patients. Our primary care services are extensive, and our staff is professionally trained to care for each condition. 

We employ board-certified medical providers and are open 7 days a week. We also offer extended hours, which fit in much better with busy schedules. 

Turn To MainStreet Family Care

Do you need a primary care physician? MainStreet Family Care is here for you! 

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Sign Up Now! 

Step 1: Signup for the Patient Portal 

Step 2: Schedule Your First Appointment 

Register New Patient Portal Account

If you already have a portal account, simply log in.