Once upon a time, if you were having a baby, you would call your family doctor. If you broke your leg, your family doctor was contacted. If you were anxious, or if you had chronic headaches, the family doctor was your go-to. These days, knowing who to contact can be a bit confusing. In the United States, the medical industry is growing at approximately 20% each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health clinics, general practitioners, emergency rooms, and physical therapists can all overlap in one form or another. This brief guide should help you find the right medical provider when you’re in need of some medical attention.
Contact your general family doctor when…
- You need to talk about family planning.
- You want screening and diagnosis for a disease.