Your doctor or other primary care provider (PCP) is your personal health care advisor. Older adults and anyone with a chronic medical condition should have a local doctor in any community where they live full- or part-time.
Your PCP helps you prevent health problems and manage chronic diseases. This involves more than offering referrals and screenings. Because your PCP knows you well, he or she can offer personalized answers and advice.
Your primary care provider also coordinates your health care team. He or she will let you know if you should see a surgeon or other specialist and work with the specialist to manage your health.