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You and Your Primary Care Physician
Your primary care physician ensures the quality of your care as well as your confidence in that care.
The physician you choose to help you manage your health care needs is a primary care physician (PCP). As your personal health care advocate, this physician is your link to the health care system. Your primary care physician ensures the quality of your care as well as your confidence in that care. Think of your PCP as your health care quarterback.
Your doctor-patient relationship is key to your health. Your primary care physician is the expert who coordinates all your medical care including routine checkups, preventive services, treating illnesses and injuries and arranging for referrals to specialists. Your doctor is aware of your medical history and overall medical condition. This depth of knowledge is crucial to your care should you become seriously ill or have a sudden onset of illness or injury. It is important to invest in a long-term relationship by communicating thoroughly with your primary care physician and fully informing your doctor of changes that may be affecting your health.
To designate or change your primary care physician, call your health plan's member services department. This number is usually located on your health plan identification card. Representatives will be able to help you select a physician who will best meet your specific health care needs.
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