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Understanding the Role of Primary Care

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), there are multiple aspects to take into consideration when defining primary care.

Overall, primary care is the product of integrated, accessible health care services designed to address personal health needs and sustain a partnership with patients. Primary care is person-centered to improve overall health and offer care at lower costs.

The primary care physician (PCP) advocates for the patient to use the health care system to benefit the patient. They offer the patient their own personal health team and direct access to the healthcare system. Primary care physicians are trained to address comprehensive care for any undiagnosed sign, symptom, or health concern. Your physician will utilize consultation or referral to specialists as appropriate.

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