Everybody knows it's important to have a primary care doctor. Right? So, why do so many patients tell me "I don't have a doctor right now, but I don't have any issues," "I avoid seeing my doctor," or "I'll get a doctor once I really need one" ? There is a proven link between an active relationship with a primary care doctor and living longer!
A 2011, National Medicare study "found that people who visited a primary care physician more often were more likely to receive cancer screenings and had lower mortalities for both colorectal and all cause mortality. “Persons with 5 to 10 visits had 16% lower colorectal cancer mortality...compared to with persons with 0 or 1 visit.” (Ferrante et al)
According to the American Academy of Family Practice,
Having a primary care doctor before things get messy is the best strategy to a long and healthy life. More information on establishing a primary care relationship with Dr. Hedde at Direct Doctors...
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.