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Urgent Care vs Primary Care

Does urgent care replace my primary care provider?

While urgent care centers have an important part to play in your health, they’re not a substitute for a primary care doctor. Although they provide comprehensive medical treatment for a wide variety of injuries and illnesses, they can’t replace the relationship you have built with your family doctor or primary care physician. Instead, think of urgent care centers as a convenient option when your doctor is unavailable, unable to make a timely appointment, or when you require medical attention for an acute, but not life-threatening emergency.

Why you need a primary care provider.

No matter your age, gender, or health history, it’s always a good idea to develop and maintain a relationship with a primary care physician. Your primary care doctor sees you regularly for checkups and has had time to get to know you and your medical history. They are also your go-to for knowledge and support regarding long-term and chronic health concerns, including nutrition, stress management and mental health. Your routine visits to your primary care physician are part of an overall health management and prevention plan that’s important for your present and future health.

We partner with your primary care physician.

At PhysicianOne Urgent Care, we’re committed to working closely with your primary care physician to make sure all your health needs are being met. We believe that by working together, we can ensure that no health problems are left untreated and potential problems are spotted early.

When you arrive at one of our centers, we’ll ask you to provide us with your doctor’s name and contact information so we can forward your treatment records to his or her office. If a follow-up is required, we always refer you back to your primary care provider.

Remember: your urgent care center is a bridge between critical life-saving emergency room services and routine health care provided by your family physician. We all have an important role to play in keeping you healthy.

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