Know the importance of having a GP

With the COVID-19 infection devastating routine life on a scale hitherto unimaginable, the importance of doctors has never been felt before. Doctors have the extremely unpredictable and difficult task of tirelessly diagnosing and treating patients, combating the constant risk of becoming infected with some type of infection, and even being careful not to spread it to others.

The two consecutive years of suffering from the rapidly spreading infection brought back memories of all the contributions and sacrifices that the doctors, medical professionals, medical care providers around the world have made on a daily basis, sometimes even at the cost of their own lives. done . To honor this noble profession and express our gratitude to the doctors who work tirelessly 24×7 to ensure our well-being, Doctor’s Day is celebrated every year on various dates around the world.

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National Doctor's Day 2022

In India, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) celebrates National Doctor’s Day on July to recognize their selfless, exemplary contributions to serving humanity. National Doctor’s Day was first celebrated in the year 1991 in honor of the famous physician and former Chief Minister of Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy to acknowledge his tremendous contributions to the medical brotherhood and to serving humanity. The theme of National Doctors Day this year is ‘General practitioners on the front line’.

Let this article be an eye opener about the importance of having a primary care physician.

Well, health is uncertain and if you have a sudden medical need such as cough and cold symptoms, persistent back pain, a slight heaviness in the chest, an abrupt allergic reaction or even if you suspect you have Covid-19, who would be the first to call and ask for help? The answer would certainly be: ‘Your GP!’

So, who is a family doctor?

In the medical field, a general practitioner is usually a general practitioner (GP) who treats acute and chronic conditions, hires preventive care, and lets people know when to see a specialist about a particular condition.

Unlike physicians who specialize in a specific area – such as a gastroenterologist, obstetrician, gynecologist, ENT specialist or urologist, etc., a primary care physician’s responsibilities are not just limited to the specific organs of the body but have they usually have specific skills in treating people with multiple health problems, regardless of their age, gender or stage of life. They are also well aware of the patient’s past and present medical condition and even the whole family’s medical history.

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What does a GP do?

A primary care physician offers a wide range of health services, including:

  • Routine health inspection
  • Health Risk Assessments
  • Screening Studies
  • Vaccinations
  • Healthy lifestyle guidance for common chronic conditions
  • Urgent and urgent care for injuries

National Doctor's Day 2022 - Doctor with patient's family

The Extraordinary Benefits of a General Practitioner

Provides Lifelong Care

Family doctors usually treat the entire family, including infants, toddlers, children, teens, and adults. A primary care physician usually sees their patients for decades of their lives. Since these doctors have the mastery to treat and manage a wide variety of medical conditions, they can be your immediate doctor at any point in your life. Having a primary care physician also helps create a great lifelong relationship with their doctor and helps the patient to be open about any illness.

Understands patient and family medical history

When a doctor treats a person for years along with the whole family, they cultivate a keen understanding of the patient’s medical history and even the family medical history. This especially helps the doctor to make accurate diagnoses, suggest good medications without contraindications, and better monitor for any changes or red flags in the monthly or quarterly health exams. In addition to keeping medical history, a family doctor also keeps track of the routine lives of the entire family and provides advice on various matters. For example; even if there is a problem in the patient’s personal life, such as he or she is going through a stressful situation, the primary care physician helps in dealing with stress and suggests ways to reduce anger.

Detects early signs of emerging conditions

Since general practitioners perform monthly, quarterly or yearly check-ups, they are the first to detect any health abnormality with the first signs and symptoms. And if they notice an emerging condition, they are usually the primary care providers to navigate you through everything. In particular, they perform specific diagnostic tests and procedures to detect the condition, interpret the results, monitor health and evaluate further steps if necessary. They also guide their patients in managing chronic medical problems such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease and arthritis. They can also treat acute medical conditions, such as sudden injuries and many infections, and help get through stressful times.

Advises on the needs of a specialist

In some cases, a particular medical condition may be discovered by your primary care physician requiring consultation or care from a specialist. These health ailments can include chronic problems such as heart disease and cancer. When someone in the family develops one of these conditions, the GP usually helps by providing primary care and also finding a specialist who exactly fits the needs and personality of the family member. Once treatment begins with the specialist, both doctors usually work together to shape prescriptions and regulate the condition.

Improves overall health

There is ample evidence that having a primary care physician not only improves the overall health of the entire family but also saves money in the long run. Whether it concerns common complaints such as flu, bladder infections, sinusitis, concerns about pregnancy, the weight of the child, etc., your GP is your point of contact. Regular check-ups with the general practitioner helps to detect acute and chronic problems early and also helps to manage them in time. The general practitioner also assists as an emergency care provider in the event of sports injuries or allergic disorders. This also reduces hospital visits and reduces the overall health care expenditure for an individual.