Many people already have a primary care provider without even knowing it. A primary care provider is usually seen on a regular basis for an annual wellness visit, preventive care or when you just don’t feel well. In healthcare, these providers are referred to as primary care providers (PCP) and are board-certified or board-eligible in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and even OB/GYN or gynecology. A primary care provider can be a physician (MD or DO), licensed nurse practitioner (APRN) or physician assistant (PA-C) certified to practice medicine.

A primary care provider is the first point of contact for health concerns, and most of the time can provide treatment without referring to a specialist. The PCP offers access to other specialties by providing a first contact channel to make sure you receive the best possible care. In cases that require further treatment, a PCP can refer to the specialist best suited to meet your needs.

Establishing a primary care provider is important because it allows you and your family to access a wide range of health services in one place. It is easy to not worry about choosing a PCP when feeling healthy, but it is important to choose a provider while healthy to establish routine exams. Every person should have a primary care provider no matter their age because of the benefits of a PCP. These include annual exams that help patients live healthier lives by decreasing the likelihood of expensive specialty care through preventive maintenance, and having one provider who knows you and your family to better care for you, whether it is for an annual checkup or sickness. A primary care provider takes on the responsibility of providing a point of contact for all healthcare needs. This provider is then able to offer comprehensive care beneficial to your overall health.

To schedule an appointment or establish care with a PCP, please call 859.258.4DOC(4362) and our Referral Liaison can connect you with the provider that’s right for you.