2023 is here! If improving your health is one of your New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to start by finding a new primary care provider – one who can serve as the gatekeeper of your health.
Establishing an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider is an important aspect of health care. Whereas starting anew, intense workout plan could be putting you at risk of injury or trying the latest fad diet could be harmful to your health in the long term, consulting with your PCP can mean spending less time in a hospital and less money on medical expenses over time.
Routine Health Care Services
Your PCP can ensure that you are up to date on vaccines, provide routine blood tests, and evaluate the need for recommended screenings such as mammograms or colonoscopies. Together, you and your PCP can build a detailed record that helps both of you understand how healthy you are and how to respond to changing healthcare needs as you age.
Another advantage of primary care is that your doctor can provide referrals and recommendations for other types of care, such as the services of a specialist or a behavioral health professional to deal with more complex health issues.
Chronic Disease Management
Plus, if you have an existing medical condition – such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes – your PCP can formulate a care plan to manage and adjust treatment for your condition from one year to another – especially if there are new treatments or medications available that might help you.
If your PCP offers same-day sick appointments, sudden illnesses and injuries that are nonlife-threatening – such as sprains, burns, allergies, or cold and flu symptoms – can be promptly addressed without the need for a visit to an emergency room. In fact, many providers now offer telehealth services, so you can avoid coming to their offices altogether.
When you have a positive relationship with a primary care provider, you have a trusted source for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. That can save you the inconvenience of visiting multiple doctors and traveling to multiple locations for treatment. It also provides a continuity of preventive care in the form of regular health screenings, annual checkups, and goal-setting.
High Quality, Personalized Care
A doctor who knows your medical history and maintains your medical records is better equipped to provide higher quality and more personalized care. This knowledge of your medical history enables the doctor to be attuned to your risk factors for disease and helps you live longer and healthier, thus enhancing your quality of life.
Senior-Focused Primary Care in South and Central Florida
At Palm Medical Centers, we offer premier primary care for seniors ages 65+ with Medicare Advantage plans at numerous locations throughout Central Florida and South Florida. That includes access to:
- A wide variety of prescription medications
- Medication management
- Preventive screenings, when appropriate
- Minor wound care
- Vaccinations and immunizations
- Guidance on the prevention of illnesses and diseases
- Referrals, coordination, and oversight, if specialty care is needed
- Ongoing monitoring of chronic medical conditions
- Free medical transportation services for Medicare Advantage patients
- Social services via MyAccess account
- Telemedicine virtual visits via an inter-connected device with a camera
In addition, our board-certified providers are available in the event that urgent care is required. Patients or their caretakers can simply call the nearest Palm Medical Centers provider clinic directly for an appointment as soon as possible.
To learn more about our extensive services or to become a patient, simply call our main line at (833) 500-PALM (7256). You can even schedule a free tour of the clinic closest to you for all the information you need to make the right decision for your or your loved one’s primary care. Either way, we look forward to meeting with you.