Even if you do not have any chronic health problems, it is a good idea to find a primary care doctor. A family practice or internal medicine physician can ensure you stay current with recommended screenings, detect patterns in your health and act as your advocate when you need medical care.
“You never know when new healthcare needs will arise,” says Gilbert Smith, MD, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “When you establish a relationship with a primary care physician, you have a healthcare provider you can trust when you need help.”
When you see your primary care physician, you will undergo important tests such as monitoring blood pressure and checking cholesterol, which can alert your doctor to otherwise undetected problems with your health. Your primary care physician also can treat you when you have the flu, bronchitis and other acute problems.
To learn more about the primary care physicians at Saint Francis, call 573-331-3000.