Family Medicine - Specialist Visit

This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the primary care of people of all ages, ranging from infants to the elderly.




This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the primary care of people of all ages, ranging from infants to the elderly.



This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the primary care of people of all ages, ranging from infants to the elderly. This specialty is known as family medicine.

  • Family physicians address the health needs of the entire family. This includes newborns, children, teens, adults, pregnant women and the elderly.
  • Family physicians also offer evaluation and treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.

Family physicians emphasize and offer a variety of preventive services. These include:

  • Wellness visits
  • Health-risk assessments
  • Immunizations and screening tests
  • Counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Family physicians learn to handle most common medical issues and consult sub-specialists when necessary.

  • Your primary care physician is in the best position to work with you and help you make the best decisions regarding your healthcare.
  • Although a sub-specialist is an expert in their field, you know your preferences and your body better than anyone else does.
  • Therefore, make sure you are an active participant in the decisions made about your healthcare. This is known as shared decision-making.

What questions should I ask the specialist?

  • Do I need any special tests? What are the benefits and risks of having the tests?
  • Will the tests change your treatment recommendations? If not, is there a need for them?
  • Can my symptoms be controlled with medications? If so, are there Tier 1 or Tier 2 medications on my Prescription Drug List that I should take?
  • How long will I need to take the medication? What are the side effects of the medications?

Source UHC.com

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Family Medicine - Specialist Visit
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