Choosing the right doctor for you and your family can be a difficult, even complex, decision. With healthcare becoming increasingly fragmented there are even more options to choose from, and while one practice may be perfect for one member of the family, that same practice may not be able to serve another. However, family medicine could be the solution. If you are looking for comprehensive care for your entire family, perhaps you should consider a family medicine practice. If you aren’t familiar with family medicine, here’s a primer that may prove helpful.
What is Family Medicine?
Family medicine is comprehensive, general and specialty healthcare that covers all ages, genders, medical problems and parts of the body. Physicians, specialized in family medicine, are dedicated to getting to know you personally, and because they can take care of you throughout your life – from infancy to adulthood – they are able to develop a full picture of your health and well-being, as well as family history. Bottom line, finding the right family medicine practice can mean a lifetime of trusted care and, personalized attention.
Because family medicine covers an extensive range of needs for every member of your family, it means that you will only need to rely on one practice for most of your family’s healthcare needs. For busy parents, that means no driving across town, transferring records, looking for specialists, or dealing with a number of benefits statements and invoices.
Full Family Care
Choosing family medicine means that every member of your family can be seen – and that includes pediatrics and women’s wellness. In-house, family medicine practices can serve your entire family with diagnoses and treatment of illnesses and injury, routine wellness exams and screening, mammograms, vaccinations and immunizations, and minor surgical procedures. Family medicine can work with you and your family to ensure your family is maintaining a healthy lifestyle – one that may prevent chronic conditions ranging from diabetes and heart disease to high blood pressure.
Continuity of Care
Having built a familiar and trusting relationship with a family physician is of great benefit if you need to see a specialist. The continuity of care means your physician will know where to refer you and will work with your specialists intimately if that specialty is not part of their practice. Keeping patients in good health is the main objective so trusting in your physicians’ expertise can go a long way and give you the peace of mind you deserve.
Family medicine physicians get to know you and your medical history inside and out – this ensures more accurate diagnoses and early detection of any emerging conditions. They will monitor any changes in your health over time and can support you in both disease management and prevention. They also will work with other specialists within the practice to ensure your continuum of care is maintained through and through. Since most referrals to specialists will be in house, that means records sharing is easy, and there is no danger of medications being prescribed that could counter each other.
Make Lynx Healthcare Part of Your Family
At Lynx Healthcare, we take the time to get to know you, and your family. Our comprehensive approach to family medicine means our physicians and staff listen to your needs and are committed to the time and attention you and your loved ones deserve. And with convenient locations throughout Oregon, Washington and Albuquerque, Lynx Healthcare is the only provider you need for a lifetime co care. To learn more about family medicine and the services we offer, call Lynx Healthcare today at (509) 591-0070 or request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you receive the care you deserve!