Here is a breakdown of the most popular type of specialists that can help you decide when you need to see a doctor in the future.
General Practice Physician (also called Family Practice Physician)
This type of doctor does not specialize in treating specific illnesses and injuries. They offer general services for treatments and assessments of a wide variety sicknesses and injuries. If you have a non-life threatening medical condition that, you can treat medical attention here and you usually have to make an appointment beforehand. This is also the type of doctor you can choose to be your Primary Care Physician.
For medical situations that require immediate attention but it is not serious enough for an emergency room visit, this is the place to go. It is similar to a walk-in clinic and you can go in to see a doctor if you do not have an appointment. You can also go here if your regular doctor is unavailable to treat you.
Chronic and acute sickness or injuries are usually treated at a hospital. However, the expenses can be high and it is recommended that if your medical condition is not serious, you can opt for an urgent care.
As the part of the name states, this is the place you go for emergency situations. For cases where locating a doctor or making an appointment is feasible and your life and health is at serious risk, this is the place to go. Keep in mind that if you go to the Emergency Room for non- emergency situation, it is not a guarantee of coverage and it is more expensive.
ISO works with two PPO networks and to find out how to locate a medical provider in your area, be sure to check out our “Find Doctors and Hospitals” section on our website- https://www.isoa.org/doctor_hospital_list