General physicians are trained to provide diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of disorders. However, a general physician is not involved in surgery. Typically, a general physician is the first doctor a patient sees, and most of the patients coming to a general physician are returning ones. These doctors work independently as well as in hospitals.
A general physician can be consulted for all the disorders, which involve diseases of respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The disorders include hypertension, angina, lung diseases, lung fibrosis. Epilepsy, liver diseases, anaemia, diabetes, thyroid problems, other medical issues related to bacterial and viral infections, and any uncomfortable body pain may be referred as well.
A general physician is a specialist in a wide range of disorders and can offer treatment for wide range of disorders as mentioned above.
The consultation fee of a general physician in Hyderabad can vary between Rs. 200/- and Rs. 750/-. The other expenses of medication and diagnostic tests largely depend on type and duration of hospital stay.
Identification of disease: A general physician observes the symptoms and reviews medical history or any past medication regimen. After a thorough review, he suggests treatment or a diagnostic test. He can also refer the patient to a specialist ( For e.g. an endocrinologist) in severe cases.
Routine check-ups: A general physician performs routine check-up and physical examination of patients. He conducts or orders normal tests such as X-rays, ultrasound, ECG, laboratory tests, analysis of the test results. He can also operate normal equipment used in the medical examination.
Offer expert advice: A patient first consults a general physician. After an examination, he can suggest medications, dietary changes, exercise and diagnostic tests. In cases where a higher specialization or surgery is required, he will refer the person to a trained specialist. A general physician can also provide a medical care in cases of emergency, such as a heart stroke.
Treatment of common health issues: Common health issues such as fever, viral fever, bacterial disorders, diarrhoea, small injuries, and body pain, inflammation are routinely handled and cured by a general physician.
Anaesthesia: A general physician can also help in providing anaesthesia to patients during a routine surgery. However, for some, he may call for an anaesthetist.