Frequently Asked Questions
What is a primary care providers (PCPs)?
Primary care providers (PCPs) are similar to coaches, directing and coordinating all aspects of your health care – physical, emotional and mental. They listen to your questions, assess symptoms, recommend treatment approaches, prescribe medication and refer you to the proper specialist when needed.
Do I need a primary care provider?
It’s important to have a primary care provider. They get to know you, your history and your family health history. Building a long-term relationship with your PCP can translate to major health benefits over your lifetime, such as lower overall health costs, a decrease in hospital and ER visits, as well as better management of chronic diseases.
I consider myself healthy. Why do I need a primary care provider?
Your primary care provider can identify health issues in their early stages before they become major problems. They offer preventive care such as blood pressure monitoring, regular imaging and lab testing, flu shots and cancer screenings, as well as diet and lifestyle advice to maintain or improve your health.
What should I discuss with my primary care provider?
Be open and honest with your medical provider regarding what’s going on with your health. Don’t hold back if something is bothering you.
- Are you experiencing painful or uncomfortable symptoms that interfere with your daily life?
- Is a medication you’re taking making you feel sick?
- Do you need help with making healthy decisions or lifestyle choices?
- Are you having problems sleeping or with your marriage or children?
- Are you experiencing stress, depression or sadness?
All of these factors can impact your health.
How often should I see my primary care provider?
Seeing your medical provider once a year for a physical exam is an excellent way to manage your health. Many health insurance plans classify an annual physical examination as preventive care, and some plans cover preventive care services at no charge. Patients with a chronic disease such as high blood pressure or diabetes may need to see their primary care provider more frequently than once a year.
What is the role of the physician assistant (PA) in a primary care medical office?
Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine on a medical team and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to ensure that patients receive the best medical care. In many cases, PAs have their own panels of patients and often serve as a patient’s primary healthcare provider.
Why should I choose Ocean View Primary Care?
Ocean View Primary Care providers have a combined 50 years of healthcare experience in hospital medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, and occupational medicine. We strive to provide the community of Millville and surrounding areas a healthcare home where the patient is at the center of every decision we make. We pride ourselves on being active members in the community as well as eliminating healthcare disparities.
How do I contact Ocean View Primary Care?
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