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Picking the right family doctor

This is how important family doctors are. Merritt Hawkins, a national health care search firm, found that family physicians are the most highly recruited doctors in U.S. health care for the ninth year in a row. The family doctor cares for people in all stages of life — small children in need of pediatric care, older children in the midst of puberty, expectant mothers hoping for the safest delivery and the healthiest possible baby, middle-aged men and women at risk of diabetes or heart disease, and the elderly with their own set of health concerns. There are times when you will want the care of a specialist in pediatrics or geriatrics, but when the whole family is sick with the flu, the family doctor is the one you call on. As the doctor watches patients grow, change and age, he or she becomes intimately familiar with their unique medical situations.

Family doctors should have time for their patients. A general practitioner who sees as many patients as possible has only a little time and attention to spare for any of them. A family doctor may need to limit the number of patients he or she takes on in order to make sure he or she can keep track of their health properly.

Your family doctor should offer a broad range of services. Diagnostic and preventative care are obviously important. Pediatric care and the ability to treat minor cuts and scrapes are a must for any family with children. An in-house pharmacy and lab services are great time savers. If you and your family plan on vacationing abroad, you will want someone who can provide the right travel vaccinations. If one of your children is a teenager with a particularly persistent case of acne, you may want a doctor who can prescribe Accutane. Mental health screenings, gynecological exams, bladder scanning — any one of these things might become necessary. Even the ability to remove ingrown toenails may come in handy.

A family doctor in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers complete family health care. Dr. Will Conner, founder of the clinic, is a native of North Carolina and has assembled a medical staff from all parts of the world. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. Check the website for special offers. Make an appointment today.

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