From newborn checkups and routine health care to treatment of fevers, falls and the common things that ail you, Unity primary care physicians (PCPs) take care of your day-to-day health concerns. Unity believes in and supports primary care services close to home in your local community.
Primary care includes:
- Health promotion
- Disease prevention
- Health maintenance
- Coordination of care
- Patient education
- Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings.
At the heart of Primary Care is effective communication between the PCP and the patient. Your active involvement in your health care is essential to Primary Care. See Member Rights and Responsibilities for more information.
Primary Care Physician
Primary care is delivered and managed by a personal physician, your Primary Care Physician. Your PCP often collaborates with other health care professionals and utilizes consultation or referral as appropriate. Your PCP may be trained in General Internal Medicine, Family Medicine or Family Practice. Pediatricians or Family practitioners can serve as PCPs for children.
Other Primary Care Practitioners
Other practitioners like nurse practitioners
and physician assistants
provide some primary care services. While you may not select any of these practitioners as your PCP, they are available for annual exams, urgent or problem visits and follow up of ongoing health care. These health care professionals provide services in collaborative teams, with physicians bearing the ultimate responsibility for patient care.