A family physician is trained in many areas of medicine. They can diagnose and treat the full range of problems people typically bring to their doctors. They know how to care of you and, if necessary, when to bring in another specialist you can trust.
Family physicians guide you in disease prevention, treating most acute illnesses and assisting you in effectively managing your chronic medical problems. They will be at the center of your care, coordinating and guiding you through out in all phases of your life irrespective of age and gender. They take care of the physical, mental and emotional health of both their patients and their patients’ families and they know your family’s health history and how it can affect you.
In a Family Physician’s clinic, the patients have not been pre-selected according to their medical condition and the care is
- continuous as the same physician cares for same patient over time
- comprehensive covers almost all conditions
- coordinated and collaborative as the doctors are linked to other sources of care and are the case-managers for that patient
- family-oriented as ideally, patient and other family members are treated by same health care team and
- community-oriented as the doctor responds to health needs of the community.
Unlike other physicians who specialize in treating one particular organ or disease, your family physician is uniquely trained to care for you as a whole person, regardless of your age or sex. In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, your family physician provides suggestions on routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent illnesses before they develop. And, if a health condition arises that requires care from another specialist, your family physician will be there to guide you and to coordinate all aspects of your care. You and your family physician will work together to achieve the best possible outcome in the most cost-effective manner.