What Does Primary Care Entail?

Primary care is the first step in your healthcare journey. It involves taking care of routine health needs such as getting a flu shot, providing preventive care, and taking a child to the doctor. Primary care physicians at Falls Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania specialize in understanding your health history and providing ongoing medical guidance, education, and treatment. They are trained to assess and diagnose conditions requiring hospitalization or more complex treatments.

Below are the benefits of primary care.

Early detection of diseases

Early disease detection is critical because it enables patients to receive treatment before becoming seriously ill. Early treatment also reduces complications and costs associated with long-term treatment. Primary care physicians can play a key role in providing early disease detection by performing routine physical exams, taking medical histories, and performing simple laboratory tests when appropriate.

Better management of chronic conditions

Primary care physicians can provide a more holistic approach to managing the health and well-being of patients. This type of care is especially important for patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and depression.

Improved access to health insurance coverage

Patients with chronic conditions often go without coverage because they can afford the high premiums associated with major medical plans. However, most primary care providers accept Medicaid or Medicare as payment methods, which allows many patients to receive comprehensive preventive care at no cost.

Better health outcomes

Primary care providers are more likely than specialist physicians to provide comprehensive services and work with patients toward their goals as they maintain their health over time. This means they are more likely to help manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, which can lead to better health outcomes overall.

Emotional support

The key benefit of primary care is emotional support. When you have a primary care physician, they are your advocate. The doctor can help you navigate the health care system, ensure that your medical bills are covered by insurance companies, and fight for you when it comes to getting the treatment you need.

Comprehensive physical exam

A primary care physician will perform a complete physical exam during an appointment, including blood pressure checks and other assessments that may not be included in a specialty clinic visit. This can help identify potential health conditions that need attention now rather than waiting until they worsen over time.


Communication is a key component of primary care. It is the foundation on which all other aspects of your practice are built. Without effective communication, you can’t effectively assess and manage your patients. Effective communication is more than just talking with your patients. It involves listening to them and understanding what they want, needs, and expect from you as their doctor. It requires active involvement in their lives, not just as a doctor but as a member of their personal support system.

Primary care is a way to manage your health without seeing your doctor. It includes taking prescription medications, seeing a doctor for routine checkups and general wellness visits, and getting immunizations. This type of health care is focused on managing minor illnesses and injuries, providing preventive care, and monitoring chronic conditions. Contact Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania for more information about primary care.