Yes. A primary care center treats patients from toddlers to the elderly. One of the highlights of primary care treatment is that the entire family will be able to receive healthcare in one facility. No need to search for separate medical offices for each member of the family. Additionally, when looking for preventative care, chronic disease management, acute/injury care, laboratory services, X-rays and specialist referrals, all of these services are available at a primary care facility.
Typically a primary care facility will focus on generalized preventative care. For example, a primary care clinic will provide annual physical exams, such as DOT exams, physicals for recreational sports, and employment exams. For individuals who need to get immunized, vaccinations are provided via primary care offices. Patients in need of health screenings, such as diabetes screening or cholesterol screening, can be accessed and monitored by primary care physicians and nurses. Those individuals who are concerned with chronic disease or heart disease can receive risk assessments along with preventative knowledge.
As with any medical appointment to see a nurse practitioner, lab worker or doctor, the patients should bring several items. For starters, they’ll need to have an ID, unless they are underage, in which case the child will need the authority of a parent or guardian. Social security numbers are typically required at most primary care facilities. Patients who have health insurance will need to bring their insurance card to have this information filed by the office. Finally, if the patient is currently being treated or on medication, they should have the treatment information and medication on hand to present to the doctor on call. This will prevent the primary care physician from providing an incorrect evaluation.
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