Primary Care is the catchall term to describe the care you get when you go to a doctor that isn't at the emergency room, urgent care, hospital, specializing on one area of the body, or at the local drug store. Let's face it ,if you are generally healthy and get sick once in a while, then you probably don't care if you have a primary care doctor. But, if you are one of the many people with multiple health problems, then you need to have a primary care doctor.
A primary care doctor can help make sense of everything that is going on with your health when it starts to get to complicated. Another reason, is your doctor can help you manage your medical conditions so that you live happier and longer. A major reason people feel dissatisfied when they go to many doctors is because they don't feel anyone is taking their symptoms seriously. A primary care doctor that you have had a relationship with, will know you well enough to notice changes and believe you. Here at Hale Healthcare, you will be involved and we listen to all your concerns and explore possibilities to ways we can help.
Primary Care Physicals
What most people do when they think of primary care physicals is they dread the experience. They wonder if they go to the doctor what will happen and how long they will have to wait. When they find the doctor, they end up going and perhaps feeling empty because they didn't learn anything new or didn't get an any questions answered. Or, some people feel rushed. At Hale Healthcare, you get primary care done right.
Types of Physicals
We like to help you understand what is happening in your body and explaining what we are doing. Some of the primary care physicals we do include the following:
- Wellness Check Ups
- DOT physicals
- Sports Physicals
- School Physicals
- Employment Physicals
Not having primary care could cost you money.
A wellness physical can save you money. You should always check to see if you can get a discount on your insurance plan when you come in for annual physicals. Other ways wellness exams can keep money in your pocket include- saving money on your health long term!
Having uncontrolled health issues ends up costing big time. Not only will you have to spend money on basic care, but you will also have to spend more money paying for specialists, urgent care visits, and hospital stays. You might lose money if you have to take off of work and spend money on specialized tests. If you are the type who only sees specialists then you are already losing money. If you have many chronic medical conditions without having a primary care doctor, your setting yourself up to have your health and costs get worse. The good news is you are here looking for primary care, and you will be taken care of at Hale Healthcare.
Primary Care Testing
The good news is that many insurance companies pay for everyone to have primary care tests that screen for problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. You can also have tests that screen for certain cancers.
Do I have to step on the scale?
Yes. People often ask us why they have to get on the medical scale and dread to look at how many pounds they are. Weight is not, and we repeat, not the only factor that will determine someone's overall health. Don't worry, we know the emphasis is to be fit and well. We use weight to determine risks and combine that with lifestyle behaviors. in addition, we do our best to keep into account body composition and use testing results to determine overall state of health and risk.
Primary Care Medical Home
If the only thing you got out of getting a primary care doctor is a doctor you can confidently confide in and trust, wouldn't that make it worth the time to visit a doctor at least every other year if you are healthy? What about if you could go to your doctor and you got to be involved in the decision-making? Or, what if you went to a primary care doctor and actually felt someone was in your corner fighting to help you live a long and healthy life, would you then go to a primary care doctor?
What if you were able to get all of those things and have a doctor who specializes in preventing illness from starting or getting worse by joining us at our practice? You get a personable doctor who has all of the experience you need to develop a program of longevity and vitality when you come to Hale Healthcare.
Have you made your appointment with a primary care doctor yet?
We are guessing you haven't got around to establishing a primary care doctor because you have a busy lifestyle, we get it. That's okay. How would you feel to be a little open-minded to telephone visits or video chats? What about texting your doctor with a problem? We have that all set up. Once we get a chance to meet with you and perform a thorough exam, remote visits will be a breeze. Learn more about our Elite Membership for Primary Care HERE.
If you would like to make an appointment, you can do so easily by calling our office 678-744-4253. You can also send an appointment request through the patient portal. Another way to make an appointment is to fill out the appointment request form at the bottom of the page. You can also like our Facebook page and send us a message.
Someone from our office will contact you to confirm your appointment date and time. You can fill out forms online in the portal prior to your appointment to maximize your time with the doctor. You can also print out the signature pages online and bring them with you.