Get out of bed before you hit the snooze button for the third time, get yourself and the kids fed, dressed and out the door, work a full day, race to pick up the kids from school and get them to practice, then home, dinner, dishes, laundry, walk the dog, and then a quick peek at the evening news before falling into bed.
If your day-to-day life is some version of that, everything from getting an annual physical to getting a flu shot can be a hassle. My favorite flub is to run out of my prescription on a weekend night only to find out it needs refill authorization from my doctor.
And then you have to wonder – what in the world would you do if you had a really serious condition that took a lot of prompt care like diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer or –gulp– pregnancy at age 40? How would you juggle the blood work, the specialist visits and the surgery follow ups?
Get yourself a primary care physician, better known as a PCP. You might choose a family doctor or an internist. My kids have a pediatrician as their PCP and I use my OB/GYN doctor. Here are four reasons to get a PCP if you don’t already have one:
So that’s my consultation on your health care. You can now move on to your search for a good PCP. You can thank me later.
Already have one? Why do you love your PCP?
Most recent update: 12/19/2017
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