It’s a common practice – unusual aches or pains? Go to the doctor. Dizziness? Unusually tired? Go to the doctor. After all, it is the job of a doctor to fix what ails you, right? Isn’t this the definition of traditional healthcare?
While it is definitely an integral part of a doctor’s work to provide healing and to do all that they can to help the patient regain their good health, there is another vastly important function that is part of the services a doctor provides. That function is preventative medicine.
Preventative medicine or healthcare is different than our current system of placing heavy focus on sickcare and where medical professionals are under pressure to quickly fix the symptom or disease that ails the patient.
Preventative medicine hones in on educating and advising the patient on the necessary steps that need to be taken in order to prevent illnesses and diseases from developing in the first place.
Admittedly much has been done in recent years to emphasize and promote a healthier lifestyle. We have seen, for example, many admirable initiatives such as Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Let’s Move campaign.
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The underlying problem lies in the lack of a consistent preventative healthcare plan across the board that educates as well as effectively manages illnesses before they strike.
Human beings in general have a tendency to act with urgency when a condition is at its worst. This works to a point. It certainly has its merits when you consider situations such as a house fire or when a child is in imminent danger. The other side of the coin in terms of a person’s health is when that person is experiencing optimal health. Without experiencing any negative symptoms, the urgency for preventative health measures wanes considerably.
As a society we are experiencing a growth in crippling diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease that is unprecedented. The sad fact is that this will continue if we do not take the necessary steps to apply preventative healthcare measures now. Going to visit your doctor when you are sick is not enough.
People who have a desire to maintain excellent health, especially beyond their youth, need to adopt a healthy lifestyle as early as possible.
Doctors and medical professionals also have a responsibility to incorporate educational practices that both inform and guide their patients on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is the only way we can hope to stop needless sickness and curb its growth. We do this through a model called direct primary care.
Our mission at First Primary Care is to build relationships with our patients and together we can better maintain and improve health. We take time to educate and motivate whole families so we can achieve a lifetime of better health.
We invite you to join us to get to know the staff here at First Primary Care. Feel free to contact us to learn more about our model of direct primary care – whether you call it concierge medicine, boutique medicine, premiere medical services or platinum services, it all comes down to unrestricted access to your doctor and the staff at First Primary Care – all for an affordable price.