A Primary Care Physician, or PCP, can be a family medicine or internal medicine physician, family nurse practitioner or physician assistant. They can diagnosis and treat illnesses and provide preventive medicine. Typical treatment includes chronic disease management, routine physicals, immunization and screening tests, and counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Memorial Hermann Medical Group PCPs are highly trained and focus on keeping patients well through prevention and screening.
Healthcare today can be over-complicated. The goal at Memorial Hermann is to integrate care - we are forming a clinically integrated network. Patients often come in without any idea of what's wrong or where to turn. Your primary care physician helps coordinate your care for whatever treatment you may need.
At Memorial Hermann, your PCP should be your confidant. They will get to know your health goals, health history, and any conditions or treatments you are currently experiencing.
If you need to see a specialist, your PCP can refer you to a professional specialist. Your PCP has working relationships with their specialists, so you can feel comfortable knowing you have a collaborative team to meet your medical needs.
Visiting a primary care physician will save you time in a number of ways. Your physician is here to help diagnose a problem early or send you to the correct specialist to have the right treatment for your condition. They will take the time to get to know you and your medical history, making it easier to resolve any health issues you may have.