Now that 2022 is upon us, there’s no better way to welcome the new year than with a renewed commitment to your health and wellbeing. We each have unique needs to help us stay healthy and it’s important to have a healthcare provider who can take care of you from head to toe. Someone who understands your health history, wellness goals, and concerns.
Beyond just treating your aches and pains, your primary care provider offers comprehensive care including:
- disease prevention and screenings
- diagnosis and treatment of many types of illness
- education related to disease prevention or treatment
- injury care
- coordination of your care
Primary care incorporates several different kinds of healthcare services.
CHECK IN AND CHECK UP!
One part of primary care focuses on wellness and prevention. To keep you healthy and free of disease, your primary care doctor will likely:
- take a careful look at your health history so they can determine what risk factors you may face
- offer vaccinations to keep you from catching a disease
- perform screenings so they can catch health issues early
- coach you on lifestyle changes you can make to stave off illness in the future
Another part of primary care is acute healthcare. These are issues or injuries that may come on suddenly and typically don’t have a long-term impact on your health.
WHY PRIMARY CARE?
Primary care is meant to be your main source for healthcare, one in which you have an ongoing partnership with your healthcare provider in the larger context of your community. Primary care is designed to:
- give you better access to healthcare
- lower your costs
- improve your health outcomes
Many people find that primary care is a better alternative than going to the emergency room because it’s a less expensive and a less time-consuming way to treat basic, acute illnesses or injuries.
According to the Council on Graduate Medical Education, people who have easy access to a primary care provider tend to spend less money on their healthcare and are healthier, too.
Aging brings on its own unique challenges. As we get older, we may slow down, need to adjust our diet, and potentially modify some behaviors to ensure that we continue to thrive. Having a game plan and sticking to it is the first step.
From routine check-ups to managing diabetes, cardiac health, depression or serious conditions like cancer, the team at WhidbeyHealth is focused on your unique needs.
From infants to grandparents and all points in-between, our primary care clinics provide wellness exams, laboratory tests, and treat illness and injuries, including minor surgical procedures—all close to home.
LEARN MORE: Visit: https://whidbeyhealth.org/primary-care or contact a WhidbeyHealth Primary Care Clinic near you!
- Primary Care Cabot Drive Oak Harbor
- Primary Care Freeland