Here’s Why You Need a Primary Care Physician

Sticking with the same doctor over years can help your health. But finding the right doctor can be difficult.
If you want to stay healthy, picking a good primary care physician can be key.
In a report published last week, researchers found that American adults with primary care physicians are more likely to receive “high value” services such as regular cancer screenings, diagnostic testing, diabetes checkups, and counseling, compared to those without primary care.
These seemingly routine services can be lifesaving, especially in the case of cancer screening.
But for many people, finding a primary care physician to see on a regular basis can be difficult.
The research authors hope by drawing attention to the long-term benefits of primary care, medical and government officials can take steps to improve access to care.