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Primary care providers
A primary care provider or primary care physician is also called a general practitioner, general doctor or family doctor. He or she is the main medical professional you go to for your health needs.
While focusing on your general health needs, your primary care provider can refer you to a specialist or community resource when appropriate.
To speak with someone about choosing a family doctor,
Choosing a primary care provider: Who's right for you?
When you choose a primary care provider/physician, you are choosing someone who will get to know you in order to guide your overall medical care.
The primary care provider who's right for you is someone with whom you can discuss anything that could affect your health – from family history, to your lifestyle, habits and beliefs.
Choose your primary care doctor when all is well. That way when all is not well, you won't have to make a hasty decision about your medical care. And because your primary care provider knows you, he or she can help you stay healthy.
When choosing a primary care provider, consider:
Source: Allina Medical Clinic Administration; Allina Physician Referral and Class Registration
Reviewed by: Sheri Lofton, MD, Allina Medical Clinic – Cottage Grove; Michael Shrift, MD, chief medical information officer, Allina Health; Caroline Toll, MD, Allina Medical Clinic – The Doctors Uptown
First Published: 07/29/1999
Last Reviewed: 03/06/2009