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Drafting the best physicians to your team

What we’d most want our friends and loved ones to know

Next to Living Well, preventative and primary care is the best investment of time and money you can make on your path to life-long quality of life. When you need specialty care, complex procedures, or hospital/surgical care, the best insights into your best options within your local community will probably come from your Primary Care Provider (PCP). Take the time to choose a PCP that you can trust and collaborate actively with them. Even if you’re currently healthy, take the time to develop the relationship with your PCP so they can help you personalize your preventative care and, if you do experience an unexpected illness or injury, so they’ll understand your priorities and be there to guide you.

 

How we might help

Your relationship with your physician(s) is the key to receiving the highest possible quality of medical care, and your choice of Primary Care Provider is the foundation. The content that follows prepares you to make an informed choice when selecting your PCP and, if necessary, your specialty physicians.  At the end of this section, you will be prepared to either reaffirm your current PCP, choose a new one, or choose one for the first time based on your own circumstances and preferences. You will also know how to choose specialty, surgical, or other procedural providers and how to choose from amongst the locations where care can be provided based on your own circumstances and preferences.

 

Some areas we’ll cover

Next:  The reason your ‘draft’ is so important, is that it’s the start point of a cascade of decisions that can give you the best chance of leading to high value, high quality care.  Let’s move on to understand why we want to stack the odds in our favor.

 

The next areas we’ll cover soon

What should I expect from my primary care provider?

Do I really need a PCP, and if so, how do I choose one that best fits my preferences?

Do I really need an annual physical?

When should I see my PCP, and when is it OK to visit an alternative provider?

What should I expect to happen during a typical PCP visit?

Where and how is specialty care provided, and what are the different ways it can be provided?

What are the different types of specialty providers, and what do they do?

How do I choose a specialty provider that best fits my preferences?

If I need to see one or more specialty providers, who will coordinate all my care across all providers?

What are the basics of procedures such as surgeries, and what are the different ways they can be provided?

How do I choose a surgeon or procedural provider that best fits my preferences?

How should I prepare for my intensive visit so I can speed my own recovery?

Is there anything I can do in advance to prepare for a trip to the Emergency Room?

What are the most common medical errors and unintended consequences, and what can I do to prevent or mitigate them?

How could this whole process work better in the future?

 

Remember:  We coach, support, educate, and empower.  We illuminate options you may not have known you had.  But we don't decide what's right for you in your unique circumstances; only you can do that.  And we don't provide medical, financial, or legal advice; nor do we replace the valuable counsel of those who do.