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Family doctors care for their patients from pre-birth, through all the health experiences, to end-of-life. They know your health conditions and history, your family’s medical history, and your personal experiences that contribute to your health. This makes the care you receive personal, and provides better health outcomes. #MyDoc
What’s a Patient Medical Home? Just like your house, where you go to see your family, your “Medical home” is where you go to see your doctor.
Your doctor's office is your medical home; a place where you are safe, comfortable, and cared for. Your relationship of trust with your family doctor is built in this home, and you are always welcome there.
Your medical home is the place you go when you have a medical concern, or just to check in with your health. It is the centre of the “network” of care surrounding you and connecting your care providers, to make sure you are receiving the most appropriate care.
The connections around the Patient Medical Home are called the “Primary Care Network” - you can think of this as a network of care providers surrounding the Patient Medical Home, keeping you healthy and involved in your health plans. The network of community services and other healthcare providers communicate with your family doctor, who then communicates with you to keep you involved in your care. #MyDoc
Did you know family doctors spend about 2-3 hours each day doing paperwork, making phone calls, doing research, making referrals, and reviewing test results, in order to make sure you are getting the most comprehensive health care?
Your family doctor takes responsibility for your health care, so it is very important to them when they send you to a specialist, or to get blood-work or tests, that these are completed, and the results are sent back to your doctor to review. Your family doctor values your time, and understands it’s easier if you can bring a few concerns to each appointment instead of making multiple visits. However, as we have all experienced, this also sometimes causes the doctor to be late for the next appointment with the following patient.
Knowing what goes on behind the scenes can make us more understanding about why family doctors sometimes have policies about booking multiple appointments for multiple issues. #MyDoc
When you go to your doctor’s office, do you ever think about the full journey of your medical care? After entering your doctor’s office and explaining your symptoms to your family doctor, sometimes tests are ordered and conducted, and your family doctor often follows up with specialists to coordinate your care.
The “feedback loop” is the connection between the patient, the family doctor, and all the other care-providers who work together for your health care. Your family doctor advocates for you throughout this process to make sure you are getting the best care. #MyDoc
1. They are your first point of contact for health concerns. Your doctor is your "go-to" person for any of your health concerns.
2. They hold your health records and provide routine immunizations to ensure you stay healthy.
3. Regular appointments with your doctor allow them to diagnose diseases early and start a treatment plan.
4. They are the central point of all communication for specialists working together for your care.
5. Family Doctors connect patients to resources and services as required. Your doctor has a wealth of knowledge and connections to other health professionals that can work together for your care.
6. They are a consistent trusted voice for their patients - your doctor's office is a safe place where your doctor is on your side, working with you for your health care. Your family doctor cares for you from pre-birth to end of life. #MyDoc