20 Aug

Why You Should Not Put Off Going to the Doctor—Even If You’re Broke

Many people put off going to the doctor for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common reasons is because they can’t afford it. Did you know that 14 percent of the population of Florida, over 2.8 million people, were without health insurance last year? Without health insurance, seeing a doctor might seem like more than you can afford. Yet if you do not see a doctor, your expenses could often be greater.

Early Detection, Easier Treatment

With most medical conditions and illnesses, the earlier that it is detected, diagnosed, and treated, the easier it will be to treat and heal the problem. If you don’t have health insurance, you might wait to see if something gets better on its own. Yet as soon as it is clear that it is not, you need to go ahead and see a doctor. If you wait, treatment could be much more complex (and expensive).

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10 Aug

The Difference Between a Primary Care Doctor and an Internist

When you are looking for a new doctor, the terminology can be confusing. There are a lot of different doctors with different specialties, and it is normal for the average person to be unaware of what different types of doctors actually do. 

What Is a Primary Care Doctor?

When you get health insurance, you are usually required to have a primary care doctor. Many people think that this is a certain type of doctor, but it is not. The term “primary care” simply means that this is the doctor that will be your primary healthcare professional. Typically, all of your referrals to specialists, for lab work, or for imaging will go through your primary care doctor. But a primary care doctor can be an internist, a family practice doctor, a geriatrics specialist, or a pediatrician, depending on the age and situation of the patient.

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