What is a family physician?
A family physician is a doctor who
takes care of your whole family. Family physicians create caring
relationships with patients and their families. They really get know
their patients. They listen to them and help them make the right
health care decisions.
What do family physicians do?
Family physicians take
care of the physical, mental, and emotional health of their patients
and their families. They know how your family's health history can
affect you. They are trained to care for you through all the stages
of your life.
Family physicians are trained in all areas of medicine. They
diagnose and treat the full range of problems people bring to their
doctors. They know when to treat you, and when to bring in another
specialist you can trust.
What kind of training do family physicians have?
physicians know the most current treatments and technologies. Only
family physicians train for 3 years in real practice settings,
treating patients in the office, the hospital, and at home. And they
re-certify more than any other medical specialty. Family physicians
also continue to educate themselves. This allows them to apply the
latest medical breakthroughs to the everyday care of their
I don't have any health problems. Why do I need a family
Family physicians are specially trained in
preventive medicine. They believe that preventing a health problem
is better than having to overcome one. They help you make the right
health choices to keep you and your family healthy.
How do I find a family physician?
If you are looking
for a family physician, try talking to your friends and family. You
can also use the "Find a Doctor" tool to find a family physician.
Once you have the names of a few doctors, call their offices to get
more information. Some things that you should ask include:
- Do they accept your insurance?
- What are the office hours?
- What hospital does the doctor use?
- How many doctors are in the practice?
Once you find a doctor who meets your needs, schedule an
appointment so that you can meet and talk to the doctor. During the
appointment, make sure:
- You're comfortable talking to the doctor
- The doctor answers all your questions
- The doctor explains things so that you can understand
- You had enough time to ask all your questions
Remember, it takes time to build a relationship with your