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What’s the difference between primary care and specialty care?

With so many different types of doctors, it can be hard to tell which kind is right for you and your specific needs. Understanding the difference between primary care and specialty care is a good place to start.

  • Personalized healthcare

    We pride ourselves on spending more time with patients than other practices, which is why we’re able to provide each and every patient with care plans specific to their individual needs.

  • Clinical excellence

    We take an innovative approach to medicine, taking the time to evaluate new technologies to see if they’re a good fit for our practice.

  • A focus on wellness and prevention

    We listen closely and work with our patients to create a roadmap for care with special attention to preventive medicine and overall well being.


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What’s the difference between primary care and specialty care?

Navigating the world of healthcare can be stressful as it is, especially if you’re not feeling well. How do you know when to see a primary care physician or a specialist? Let’s review what the differences are.

What is a primary care physician?

Primary care doctors are the navigators of your healthcare team. Trained to address a wide range of health issues, they assist with the treatment and maintenance of illnesses, both long-term and acute. They aren’t limited to a specific area of knowledge like cardiology or neurology, rather they’re meant to give you an overall picture of your health.

What is specialty care?

For most everyday medical conditions, your primary care physician is the person you’ll see, however, there are cases where it’s time to see a specialist. Specialists have received extra training in a particular area and are better able to diagnose more specific illnesses.

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