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Why You Need a Primary Care Physician

Why You Need a Primary Care Physician

Statistics show as many as 25% of Americans do not have a primary care provider. However, it’s more difficult to navigate your health concerns if you don’t have an ongoing doctor/patient relationship with your primary care provider who you consult regularly.

Why It’s Important to Establish a Relationship with a Primary Care Doctor

Your primary care doctor is “your” doctor who manages your health concerns. A PCP can detect health threats earlier before they become harder to treat. They make sure you’re healthy at every life stage and are your medical home base to guide your care, particularly if you need to see any specialists. Even if you feel well, your PCP will get a baseline of your health from annual physical exams, which provides useful comparison data in case you fall ill in the future.

Your primary care doctor can also:

  • Advise you on how to improve your health
  • Keep a detailed medical history
  • Monitor and treat chronic health problems over time
  • Treat you when you’re sick
  • Provide referrals if you need more advanced care from a specialist

How Do I Choose a PCP?

It’s important to find a doctor who not only has the qualifications to manage your health but fits your personality and accepts your Florida Health Care Plans insurance. You can ask for referrals from people you trust or other healthcare professionals you consult. Make sure you verify that the PCP is in-network with FHCP for the lowest copays. You may also want to check the Google reviews to get a sense of what patients have been saying about the doctor you intend to see.

Learn More About Florida Health Care Plans

At Florida Health Care Plans, we’re proud to serve our community with many healthcare providers to choose from in the following counties: Flagler, Volusia, Seminole, Brevard, and St. Johns. We encourage you to find a PCP and establish a relationship with them. We have 11 FCHP Care Centers where you can visit your primary physician, get an X-ray, and enjoy getting cost-effective prescriptions at our pharmacy.

To find a doctor or facility, click here.

At FHCP, we’re passionate about care – that’s why we advocate the need for a primary care provider. To contact FHCP, please fill out our online contact form or call 1-800-352-9824.

About Florida Health Care Plans

Florida Health Care Plans serves our community with an extensive list of local health care providers in the area, including Flagler, Volusia, Seminole, Brevard, and St. Johns Counties. These facilities are designed with convenience and comfort in mind, whether you’re visiting your family doctor, getting an X-ray, or utilizing our cost-effective, members-only pharmacies