The short video clip clears general misconceptions about a primary care physician despite many having one.
A primary care doctor is the first person to be contacted for any health-related problem and is usually categorized as follows:
• Pediatricians – deal with children only
• Family doctors – take care of the whole family
• Internal medicine doctors – deal with adults
One of the main ways that a primary care physician improves one’s health is through screening patients, which they often do. These physicals help doctors detect illnesses while still in their infant stages that would otherwise turn fatal if left untreated for too long.
A primary care physician can deal with both minor and complex health issues. A specialist only deals with the organ he specializes in, for example, the heart. The physician liaises with the specialists and gives the patient an overview of the whole problem.
Spectrum Health has a website with a list of different primary care doctors, including their backgrounds, interests, and locations, and you can search for a doctor near you.