They serve on the front lines of healthcare, and are usually the first
point of contact for a patient seeking medical attention. Primary care
physicians, or PCPs, practice family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics,
and women’s health. They are often the first ones to notice depression
or detect early signs of serious disease. They are the ones who make sure
patients get the right care, in the right setting, by the appropriate
provider or specialist.
Essentially, they are the “gatekeepers” in healthcare. This
is why it’s important for you and your family to have a primary
care physician --- someone that you visit regularly, someone with whom
you can develop a personal relationship.
One of the biggest benefits of primary care is peace of mind. An annual
check-up with a primary care physician can lead to prevention or early
intervention of certain conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure
or heart disease. Early diagnosis and treatment provides patients with
an opportunity to make important lifestyle changes that improve their
health before serious problems develop.
Primary care also keeps costs down. Access to primary care cuts down on
emergency room visits where healthcare costs are about four times more
than outpatient care.
Baton Rouge General has many outstanding primary care physicians who can
help you and your family stay strong, healthy and fit. If you need one, visit
BRGPhysicians.com or call (225) 763-4500.