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The Importance of a Primary Care Provider (PCP)

Do you want to manage your health better? Or prevent health problems? You need a PCP.

Who are they and what do they do?

  • Your PCP is a central hub for your medical care. They coordinate with other providers and services to ensure you get the care you need.
  • They will get to know you, your health history, goals, and concerns. They use your wishes to help create your care plan.

Why should I have a PCP?

  • People who have a primary care provider are often healthier than people who don’t have a PCP.
  • Care coordination with other providers can help you get the tests you need and only as often as you need them.
  • They can help keep you out of harm’s way and make it less likely that you’ll need to go to the emergency room or urgent care.

How often should I see a primary care provider?

  • Go at least one time every year for a checkup. They will complete a physical and may recommend blood tests, screenings, or vaccines at your appointment.

Great! I want a primary care provider. What should I do now?

  • Contact your health insurance company to find a primary care provider today!

For more information about the importance of a PCP, email contactknovasolutions@workpartners.com or call 1-800-355-0885. We are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Original content by Sarah Bowen, MPH, MCHES®.