Once, more commonly called the family doctor, the term “primary care” reflects changes to the healthcare industry more than changes to the care you receive. Dr. Joseph Pierson and the healthcare professionals at Allied Health Solutions, with offices on Wilshire and Santa Rosalia Drive in Los Angeles, provide you and your family with the fundamentals of care you expect. Call today or book an appointment online.
Better suited to identifying its place in contemporary healthcare systems, primary care is the first point of contact for you when you require treatment. This is not just a medical concept, since other caregivers, such as dentists, may also provide primary care in their own fields. Allied Health Solutions can act as a primary medical caregiver for you.
Secondary care represents more specialized care, usually at the suggestion of your primary care physician. While general practitioners have wide-ranging knowledge about your general health, secondary care physicians are experts in comparatively narrow disciplines. For example, Dr. Pierson may treat you through the early stages of arthritis, and later, he may refer you to a rheumatologist or orthopedic specialist as your condition advances.
Tertiary care best describes the attention you receive in hospital. Surgeons and oncologists are good examples of tertiary caregivers. It’s possible for these boundaries to overlap. For instance, obstetrics and gynecology specialists may also be the primary care physician for women.
Although some may think of visiting their doctors only when they feel ill, non-emergency sick visits are only one aspect of primary care. One of the goals of primary medical care is prevention — the basis behind yearly checkups. When Dr. Pierson and the other healthcare professionals have a chance to build a personal relationship with you, they gain a perspective of your long-term health.
Dr. Pierson is also your point person for health issues that are larger in scope. He knows the specialists in the community, so there’s no need for you to choose your own specialists, potentially delaying your diagnosis. Dr. Pierson can also put results from specialists into context and perspective for you, aiding the best decisions for your health.
Any time you have a medical problem or concern that isn’t an emergency, visiting Allied Health Solutions is a good idea. In addition, well-patient visits are also a function of primary care, whether you’re monitoring a pregnancy or you need a physical examination for work or sports participation.