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Primary care

Your primary care doctor cares for your health needs small and large.

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Primary care is the gateway to better health

Staying healthy doesn’t happen by chance. It takes getting the right care at the right time. That’s why it’s so important to have a primary care doctor. 

Primary care doctors specialize in meeting everyday health needs, from regular checkups to caring for you when you’re injured or ill. Your doctor will get to know you, answer your questions and help you reach health care goals that are important to you. 

If you ever need more than primary care, your doctor will direct you to the right specialist or services. He or she will also work closely with your entire health care team and stay on top of all your care. 

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Your doctor will:

  • See you for checkups and wellness visits
  • Take care of you when you’re not well
  • Help you manage conditions like allergies and asthma
  • Make sure you get needed shots and screenings, like colonoscopies 
  • Order lab tests and review results
  • Oversee your prescription medications
  • Connect you to specialty care and services when needed

Our locations

We have more than 110 primary care clinics and 3,700 primary care doctors in our medical groups and doctor networks. This makes it easy for you to get care close to where you live and work.

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About primary care

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  • Several types of health care providers offer primary care, including doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. All have advanced education and training in primary care. And many specialize in specific types of primary care. 

    We offer the following types of primary care:  

    • Family medicine doctors see patients from newborns to seniors
    • Pediatricians specialize in caring for infants, children and young adults
    • Internal medicine doctors focus on care for adults ages 18 and older
    • Geriatricians specialize in advanced care for older adults 
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  • Your doctor offers the preventive services you need to stay healthy, including: 

    • Annual Wellness Visits (Medicare)
    • Birth control counseling
    • Exams before and after surgery
    • Prescribing and managing medications
    • Preventive health visits, like yearly checkups
    • Shots to keep you from getting diseases like the flu or pneumonia 
    • Well-woman exams (breast exams and Pap smears)
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  • Your doctor will help manage a wide range of medical problems that need ongoing care, including:

    • Allergies
    • Asthma
    • COPD (a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe)
    • Depression and/or worry
    • Diabetes
    • GERD (acid reflux and heartburn)
    • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
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  • Tests help find health concerns early, when they’re easier to care for. We have tests that can check:

    • Blood pressure 
    • Cancer
    • Cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Sexually transmitted diseases

    We also offer help and programs to help people quit smoking.

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  • We offer several on-site lab and imaging services, including:

    • Cardiac imaging to check for blockages or other heart problems
    • DEXA bone density scans to check the strength of your bones
    • Mammography (checks for breast problems)
    • Pregnancy test
    • PT/INR blood test (checks blood clotting time)
    • Tuberculosis test (checks for a serious infection in the lungs)
    • Ultrasound
    • Urine test
    • Vascular imaging (checks for blockages in the blood vessels)
    • Venous doppler (checks blood flow in the veins in the legs)
    • X-rays
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