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Why Having a Primary Care Provider is Important

Having a primary care physician can take much of the stress and uncertainty out of receiving healthcare. Many people don’t meet with a healthcare provider until they are feeling sick or after their condition has gotten too severe.

Otherwise known as a PCP, this is your first point of care, trained to diagnose and treat a multitude of common conditions, such as sinus infections, urinary tract infections, the flu and more. They are the ones who see you for your annual checkup, armed with your medical history and notes from previous visits, and you can see them more often if needed.

They can also help you manage chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. Your PCP can address any health concerns that may come up and then refer and coordinate care with specialists when necessary.

Your PCP Toolkit

Do you have questions about what a primary care provider can do for you? We’ve got resources below to help you navigate finding the right provider for you.

What Are the Benefits of Primary Care?

Learn about the benefits of primary care and why having a PCP is essential for your health.

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Let a Primary Care Provider Serve as Your Guide Through the Healthcare Jungle

Learn about the kinds of screenings a PCP can provide as well as which conditions might require more frequent visits.

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Don’t Wait to Find the Right Primary Care Physician for You

We’ve got some perspectives on how to find the right PCP and how to know if that provider is a good fit for you.

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How Frequently Should Adults See a Primary Care Provider?

Establishing a relationship now with a primary care physician is important to keeping you healthy in the future. As we get older, a variety of screenings for certain types of cancers and other conditions become necessary, and a PCP can help you prepare to reach each of those benchmarks.

Besides screenings, a PCP can get you on a regular routine of annual physicals and other wellness checks, constantly monitoring your medical chart to stay on top of any changes in your health.

People between the ages of 18-39 should make an appointment at least once every two years for men, and once every one to two years for women. Those in the 40-64 age range should visit their PCP once per year for a physical. Those visits can increase for people over 64.

Adult Primary Care

Women’s Primary Care

Greater Baton Rouge Region

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group offers a full spectrum of primary care services for women ages 18 and older. The clinic features a comfortable, spa-like environment and provides primary and preventive care, nutrition, dietary services and counseling to meet women's unique medical needs.

Acadiana Region

Our Lady of Lourdes provides the area’s first primary care clinic specifically for women. Located on our Women’s & Children’s Hospital campus, the clinic offers a welcoming environment and a full spectrum of comprehensive and preventative care for women and adolescents ages 13 and up.

Pediatric Primary Care

Find the right pediatrician for your family, no matter where you are within our health system.

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Avoid the Wait with Concierge Medicine

Learn about the programs we offer that provide priority access to your provider and patient perks based on a membership plan.

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