What is Primary Care?
Health is an everyday thing. It may be simple, it may seem trivial, but everyday health really matters. For the run-of-the-mill issues that patients run into, as well as the larger but undefinable health concerns, there are primary care clinics. They are the first defense a patient has against disease and confusion, and they can be a great help for the regular needs as well.
To receive immunization shots, to get regular checkups, and to check on what feels like a coming cold, a primary care physician can help a patient understand and anticipate all sorts of needs the body has. It also serves as a go-to place for the “undifferentiated” patient, whose needs can be a confusing mess due to the ambiguity of their condition. Without knowing what they are going through for themselves, patients are most comfortable approaching the healthcare professionals who serve as their first line of defense against illness. If the disease requires a specialized opinion, they can direct the patient to the right place for help. However, in many cases the special attention is unnecessary, and it can usually be handled right in the office. Furthermore, it serves as the ideal checkpoint for all of a patient’s relevant medical information: what surgeries a patient has had, what medicines they take regularly, and the other vital information on any individual is most often kept safely in the hands of the same regular healthcare professional. It makes sense that this professional is the one to apply all the shots, to give all the checkups, and to be the first to evaluate undifferentiated conditions that may be ailing a patient.
Crescent Clinic works much in the same way, serving as a buffer between you and the long, complicated process of approaching a specialist for an undefined need. Instead, you can go to a physician who will keep all of your needs in mind while approaching your issue from the widest perspective first. We will look at your health and your history to help them break down the issues you’re having. At the same time, your PCP will be the first point of contact for you when you have major medical procedures, and they will also serve as home base for you with the so-called “small things”, such as getting vaccinations and going in for checkups. When you experience an unidentified rash or feel the typical symptoms of the flu coming on, the place you go first is your primary care clinic. Thankfully, we keep ready record of all the flu seasons you’ve had, which times you’ve immunized, and what medicines you take on a regular basis. We keep track of all your relevant medical information to make sure that all our Columbia, SC patients receive the best and most relevant care. When you have someone taking care of you, it’s best to know that person’s face, that you see often enough to feel sure that they know both you and your unique needs. That place, for many patients, is with their PCP healthcare professionals.
At Crescent Clinic, we are sure to serve as a partner in your journey towards better self-care; we are able to meet you with realistic goals and to understand where your health has taken you so far. Taking us on as your primary care clinic gives us the chance to keep your best interests and your history at heart while we help you with your healthcare needs, for better and for worse. You should be confident in your provider, and with our necessary understanding of you as a patient, you can be confident in our ability to provide you with the best in preventative treatment and more!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I have a Primary Care Provider?
A primary care provider or PCP is someone that can keep an accurate and ongoing relationship with a patient for the continual betterment of their health. Whether that means regular checkups to ensure that a patient is in good condition, or whether that entails the need for the occasional investigation of symptoms, the purpose is clear: it helps the patient by giving them a place to touch base. It’s the first place that gets notified in the case of a medical emergency, and it’s the place where you can get all of your regular and irregular medical needs verified by a healthcare professional quickly and easily. You should have a PCP because, like everyone else, you need someone regular to refer to with all your questions and medical concerns!
Why not just go to a specialist?
There are definitely many cases where seeing a specialist for your medical concerns is a given; however, since most patients are not experts on their own medical conditions, it is usually best to get a first opinion, even when you are unsure what’s ailing you. The first opinion, the first look, and the first line of defense is primary care. It’s where people go when they’re in need of “small fixes” like a sore throat or a stomach bug. It’s where people go to get their sick note when they’re really feeling under the weather. And it’s also where people go to report their “undifferentiated” illnesses or the conditions that don’t require a specialist. This may be because the issue itself is treatable by your general practitioners, or it may be because the PCP needs to determine the actual nature of the illness before referring a patient to the proper specialist. Whatever the service, it keeps many patients from wasting their time by ascertaining the issues and the patient’s needs in the familiar company of the healthcare professionals they already know and see on a regular basis!
Problem-Focused Exam – $60
Focused Exam on 1-2 related complaints
Expanded Multi-system Exam – $85-$115***
*Price is determined by provider based on time spent with patient and time spent making subsequent referrals and/or follow-up.
**Provider reserves the right to defer extensive visits based on initial chief complaint.
Hypertension Follow-up – $50
Blood pressure and med maintenance. Discuss hypertension, diet, and lifestyle.
*May require lab draw*
Diabetes Follow-up – $50
Diabetes med maintenance. Discuss diabetes, diet, and lifestyle.
*May require lab draw*