1. You need a doctor who looks at your entire mind and body – not just one body part: You should have a good relationship with a family doctor so you stay healthy and prevent disease. Your office visits should include education on food, stress management and exercise that’s specific for your lifestyle. Chronic disease management should be discussed and medications should be adjusted or removed. Any problem with a specific part of your body affects your entire body so your family doctor will be treating the whole you and not just a part of you.


  1. You will be more comfortable with a family doctor who knows you and your lifestyle: After a few visits, your family doctor will know you well – your medical history and your quirks. Maybe you don’t swallow pills or you pass out when blood is taken. Your family doctor should know that your marriage is rocky, that you just lost your job, your daughter doesn’t talk to you anymore or you have a problem with an addiction. Your family doctor should know about your recent surgery, your chemotherapy and your active medication list for proper renewals and medication safety.


  1. You will get your preventative health screenings done and catch health issues earlier: Your family doctor should know if you’re up-to-date on your vaccines, flu and pneumonia shots, colonoscopy, mammogram, DEXA scans, skin checks for cancer, prostate bloodwork and exam, PAP test, routine blood panels and eye exams. Your annual Medicare wellness exams should be completed. Your medical problem list should be updated accordingly. Disease specific checks should be current for diabetes, cardiac disease, cancer, dementia and high blood pressure.


  1. You will have less hospital admissions and ER visits: Studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals show patients that see their family doctors regularly have less hospital admissions and emergency room visits. This is no mystery – you keep up the routine maintenance on your car to avoid costly repairs that can be prevented or caught early. Our bodies are also like well-oiled machines that need routine care so problems are discovered early or avoided completely.


  1. Your family doctor knows the specialists that are the best for any complicated problems: If the unavoidable happens and you need medical attention outside of your family doctor’s office, your doctor will know where to send you for the best care. Family doctors work with specialists every day and we understand how to navigate the complex world of hospitals and insurance companies. Your family doctor is an excellent source for medically-related referrals.


My MDVIP family practice allows me to spend 60 minutes with my patients during our visits. My patients contact me directly through my cell phone and each patient receives an extensive annual wellness exam which includes any routine “maintenance”.  Contact us for a meet and greet in Philadelphia, Pa at 215-832-0135.