A primary care physician plays a vital role in helping you manage you and your family’s health. That’s why choosing a doctor who makes you feel comfortable is so important. Your primary care physician will:
Get to know you and understands your health history
Provide annual check-ups, wellness care, and other preventative medical care
Refer you to other medical specialists when needed
Help you manage long-term illnesses
Offer tests and screenings to help keep you healthy
Treat you for common medical illnesses and minor injuries
MHP offers two types of primary care physicians for you to choose from: family medicine or internal medicine physicians. As a patient, you need to choose what type of doctor will provide you with the best health care – dependent on your situation. Read below to learn more about the differences between a family medicine physician and an internal medicine physician. If you are in need of a physician, please click here or call (317) 392-DOCS.
From infants to seniors, family physicians treat patients of all ages and of either gender. They receive intensive training in pediatrics, OB/GYN, internal medicine, psychiatry and neurology, surgery, and community medicine.
An internal medicine physician serves as a primary care physician; however, they are not family physicians. While an internal medicine physician has been trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that are solely in the realm of adulthood, a family physician has not been trained in this focused manner. Internal medicine physicians are specialists in their field who use scientific facts and clinical expertise and experience to care for simple and complex health problems whether they be chronic illnesses or common issues in adults.