Why Do I Need a Primary Care Physician?
For many men and women, especially younger men and women in their 20s and early 30s, a primary care physician seems unnecessary. For those fortunate enough to remain in relatively good health without a chronic condition or injury, having a primary care physician may not even appear on your list of priorities. On one hand, to be healthy for such a long time is something to be very grateful for, but on the other, not having a “go-to” care provider means taking a risk you may end up regretting down the road.
Something will come up, and you’ll want to be ready
No one really expects that a cold will be stubborn enough to last for more than a week or that the flu will feel as bad as it does. No one can predict a broken bone, infection, lacerations or pinkeye. These issues happen from time to time, and it’s far better to be prepared before they take place instead of scrambling when you or a loved one is unwell or injured. Finding a doctor near you is simple and can be done online in just a few steps.
At Pacific Family Practice, we recommend searching for a practice that provides a wider range of services to cover more potential needs. For example, our practice offers primary care, urgent care, women’s healthcare, pediatrics and newborn and infant care. Our urgent care hours are extended to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays because we recognize that healthcare needs aren’t limited to standard office hours.
The downside of waiting to find a primary care provider
One of the downfalls of not having a primary care provider ahead of a health concern is having to find one that accepts your insurance and has an open appointment as soon as possible. Pacific Family Practice encourages patients to make appointments, but we also welcome walk-ins for those who are unable to do so. Being registered as a patient with one of our providers is just one simple way you can speed up your wait time before seeing your provider. To schedule an appointment or to register as a patient, please contact Pacific Family Practice today.
Planning and being prepared is essential when it comes to having a primary care provider you can rely on in times of illness or injury. The last thing anyone wants is to be unwell or hurt and struggle to book an appointment with a provider they were only able to locate minutes earlier. It adds unnecessary additional stress that complicates an already unpleasant day when you are sick.
Learn about how to know when you really need to visit your doctor and 10 reasons to visit Pacific Family Practice in San Francisco.