If you want to live longer, feel better, avoid the emergency room, stay away from unexpected surgeries, and pay overall lower healthcare costs in your lifetime, there’s one easy thing you can do. Find a primary care provider and build a strong relationship with them.
Studies show that regular exams with your primary care provider can lead to better health outcomes, a decrease in hospitalization and emergency room visits, a decreased risk for chronic illness, and more (“The Impact of Primary Care: A Focused Review”).
Primary care doctors are your first point of contact within a healthcare system. A primary care provider can address the majority of your healthcare needs, or refer you to a specialist for complex issues. A primary care provider promotes health and prevention, such as by offering advice on controlling risk factors for diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, and more.
A primary care provider can also help diagnose and treat a full spectrum of issues that you may face with your health: whether it’s a sinus infection or back pain, asthma or shingles. You can also talk to your primary care provider about mental health issues, nutrition, and your overall wellness.
Studies have shown that having a primary care provider leads to better health outcomes at a lower cost. People with a strong relationship with their primary care provider are less likely to be hospitalized unexpectedly, and there are lower death rates for cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
UP Health System offers access to primary care providers at several locations in the Upper Peninsula, including Marquette, Negaunee, Escanaba, Gladstone, Harvey, and Sault Ste. Marie. Use our Find a Doctor tool to learn more about the providers available in your area.
It’s as easy as picking up the phone and scheduling your first appointment. Call UP Health System – Marquette at 906.228.9440 to schedule an appointment today.