How to Choose a Primary Health Care Provider

A health care provider is usually a first point of entry for an individual into the health system. Each PCP has a unique method of caring for his or her own patient. You must know that a primary health care provider can be a doctor, nursing practitioner or physician assistant.

Why must you have a Primary Health Care Provider?

  • So your health can be checked regularly to notice any problems early.
  • They help you make smart choices to stay healthy
  • The person can always talk to you about health risks following your decisions on smoking, alcohol, sex, sun, pollution and nutrition

Things to consider before getting a PCP

  • You must feel comfortable with the person. Currently, I counsel young ladies on their health, and I am sometimes awed at the things some of these ladies tell me. They would never have told me if they were not comfortable with me.
  • The person has to understand your language, so she/he can explain things clearly to you.
  • Where does he/she work
  • Does the health care provider live around your place
  • Is there a fee attached to the provision
  • Does the provider give advice over the phone, mail or physically
  • How available is the person

All of these tips will help you decide who and how to choose your health provider.

What then is the role of the healthcare provider

  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle choices
  • Provide preventive care
  • Identify and manage medical conditions

Factors that influence your choice or that you may take note of:

  • Communication skills or level
  • Focus of the provider
  • Treatment
  • Involvement
  • Reputation
  • Office
  • Billing modes

I hope this will help you decide who your health care provider should be.


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2 thoughts on “How to Choose a Primary Health Care Provider

  1. My neighbors always talk about their primary care doctor with such high regards. I wish I could find someone like that for my family. It can really make a big difference in the health of children to have a doctor they trust.

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