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Why do I need a Primary Care Provider if I’m generally healthy?

As a dedicated employee nurse advocate, one of the recurring questions I get revolves around the necessity of having a Primary Care Provider (PCP) when individuals consider themselves generally healthy. Let’s debunk some common misconceptions about PCPs and shed light on why having one is crucial for your well-being.

Myth #1: “Primary care providers only treat sick individuals.”

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, PCPs play a pivotal role in maintaining and enhancing your health. They offer invaluable guidance on preventive measures, administer regular check-ups, provide vaccinations, and conduct essential screenings.

Myth #2: “Any healthcare provider can manage my general health.”

Fact: PCPs monitor your health comprehensively over time, enabling them to identify potential issues before they escalate. Building a relationship with a PCP allows personalized care that aligns with your unique values and needs.

Myth #3: “Visiting a PCP takes too much time and effort!”

Fact: Opting for a PCP for minor health concerns can save you hours of waiting and higher expenses typically associated with emergency room or Urgent Care visits.

Myth #4: “PCPs lack specialized knowledge like other healthcare professionals.”

Fact: PCPs undergo extensive training to deliver comprehensive care across various health spectrums. They address common ailments like colds and infections while managing an array of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

Your health matters, even when you’re feeling well. A Primary Care Provider serves as an essential partner in maintaining your overall well-being.

Bridgette Simms, BSN, RN, UHC Nurse Advocate

For those seeking a Primary Care Provider, consider these resources:

  1. WUDirect Network: WashU’s network of physicians provides preferred access and lower office visit copays/coinsurance for WashU health care plan participants.
  2. WUCare: This onsite primary care practice is dedicated to WashU employees and their dependents (age 18+) enrolled in the university-sponsored health plan.
  3. UnitedHealthcare: Utilize our guide on choosing a doctor here.

I’m available to offer additional assistance and support.