There are some things you can keep putting off – like mowing the lawn or organizing your closet. But there are some things you shouldn’t put off and going to the doctor regularly is definitely one of them. Building a relationship with a primary care doctor can translate to major health benefits over your lifetime. So it’s important to find a doctor you trust and can easily talk to about your health. Save the procrastination for vacuuming. Find the BayCare Medical Group doctor that’s right for you.

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Do I Need a Primary Care Physician?

It's important to have a primary care physician (PCP). They get to know you, your history and your family health history. Building a long-term relationship with your PCP can translate to major health benefits over your lifetime, such as lower overall health costs, a decrease in hospital and ER visits, and better management of chronic diseases.

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I Rarely Get Sick. Why Do I Need a PCP?

Your primary care physician can identify health issues in their early stages before they become major problems. They offer preventive care such as immunizations, regular imaging and lab testing, such as cholesterol, blood pressure, flu shots and cancer screenings, as well as diet and lifestyle advice to maintain or improve your health.

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What Is the Role of a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner in a Primary Care Clinic?

Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine on a team and are supervised by physicians, surgeons and other healthcare workers. A PA can diagnose a patient or prescribe treatment. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice registered nurses who have advanced clinical training. They diagnose and treat medical problems, perform advanced procedures and prescribe medications.

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