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11 Facts to know about primary care physicians and specialists

Health is your biggest treasure. Primary care physicians and specialists help you to take care of it and live stress-free
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Health is your biggest treasure. Primary care physicians and specialists help you to take care of it and live stress-free. But who are primary care physicians? Who are specialists? How do they help you?

Let’s find out in this post.

What to know about primary care physicians 

Primary care physicians take care of various kinds of health issues and conditions. They know a bit of everything and can treat hypertension, headache, abdominal pain, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. Here are a few interesting facts we should all know about primary care physicians.

know about primary physician
Facts about primary physician

1. Primary care physicians offer preventive care to patients. They can do a skin biopsy, give joint injections and remove the toenail.

2. They can take care of gynecological issues and a few primary care physicians can even deliver babies.

3. Primary care physicians can treat minor mental health issues.

4. Primary care physicians are the first doctors whom people contact with strange medical issues like uncommon skin rashes, neurological problems, and tropical diseases. They can also take care of minor health issues like fever, cold and cough, abdominal pain, ear pain, and headache.

5. Primary care physicians are often recruited as family physicians in our country.

6. They do routine check-ups and help to avoid chronic illness.

7. Primary care physicians are only a call away. When they are recruited as house physicians, families can call them during medical emergencies to get prompt solutions.

8. Medical treatments for serious health issues are extremely expensive. Primary care physicians help families to avoid serious health issues and save thousands of money in the long run.

9. Primary care physicians have a strong connection with specialized doctors. So, if you suffer from chronic disease, they can help you to get in touch with specialized doctors quickly. They know which doctors are the best and can help you to book appointments quickly.

10. Primary care physicians do much more than offering medical services to people. They have to do administrative work as well. For instance, they have to do additional work in hospitals like clinical documentation.

11. There are 5 types of primary care physicians and these are:
  • Family practitioners 
  • Pediatricians
  • Adolescent medicine specialists 
  • Internists
  • Combined internal medicine and pediatric specialists  
Honestly speaking, primary care physicians are the heart of the medical industry. They are on the front line of the public health and carry a big responsibility on their shoulders. They look after the outpatients in hospitals and tackle their medical issues. Also, they work as a family physician and offer valuable medical services to millions of people in the country.

To find a primary care physician, begin by asking a few questions to yourself. What is your requirement? Do you want a house physician or do you want to consult him in a hospital? If you need a house physician, then look for a primary care physician who is close to your home so that he can visit you at odd hours quickly. And, if you want a primary care physician in a hospital, then check out their reviews online before making the final decision.

Facts you should know about specialists

Facts to know about specialists doctor
Facts to know about specialists doctor

When you’re suffering from a minor health issue, a general physician or a primary care physician can help to cure it. But what if you’re suffering from severe backache for several months?

The primary care physician can help you to get temporary relief through painkillers. But this is not the actual solution. You can take painkillers throughout your life. Plus, painkillers have severe side-effects. You have to consult with an orthopedic doctor who is a specialist in bone-related issues. He can understand the root cause of the problem and give you specialized treatment to get relief.

A specialized doctor has expertise in a particular area. For instance, an allergist is a specialist in curing allergies. A cardiologist is an expert in diagnosing and curing heart diseases. A dermatologist is a skin specialist. He can solve all kinds of skin-related issues. An endocrinologist is a specialist in the endocrine system. He can help if there is an issue in your thyroid or ovaries or pancreas. A psychiatrist is a specialist in treating various types of mental disorders.

Specialized doctors have vast experience in dealing with problems of a particular organ. For instance, a psychiatrist is dealing with various types of mental issues every day. Therefore, if someone has schizophrenic symptoms, then a psychiatrist can detect the disorder instantly, and prescribe the right medicines. A general physician may just prescribe an anti-depressant, which won’t be able to solve the problem effectively.


With our complicated lifestyle, ever-increasing stress and pollution, our health issues have increased manifold. So always consult with a general physician whenever you’re ill. Do the required medical tests and take preventive measures to stop aggravating any health issue. If the general physician finds that you’re suffering from a chronic disease, then it’s time to consult a specialist.

DrChirobikas Sarkar(New Town Clinic), Paediatricians in New Town, Kolkata




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