Primary Care/Chronic Disease Management

What is Primary Care

Avail Health and Wellness proudly offers primary care to our valued patients in Mansfield, TX. Primary care is where an established ongoing relationship exists between a provider and a patient. This relationship is patient-centered with the goal of improving access to quality care and enhancing long-term health outcomes. Primary care is comprehensive care that focuses on the everyday health needs of the patient. A primary care provider (PCP) not only manages chronic health conditions but also encourages routine health maintenance examinations and physicals to prevent disease before it begins. Your PCP is often the first point of contact in the healthcare system and can assist you with accessing care with specialty providers if needed. If you’re looking for a new PCP, consider Avail Health and Wellness. Call our office for more information.

Why is primary care important?

Regular primary care lowers healthcare costs and ensures a superior standard of care, improving both quality and quantity of life. Patients with a PCP can rest assured that they have a healthcare advocate that will work with them and help them to achieve optimal health results.

What conditions can a PCP help manage?

Your PCP can partner with you in treating and managing many long-term conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Heartburn
  • Gout
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Skin conditions

What is Preventive care?

Preventive care focuses on stopping diseases before they start. The saying holds true that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventive medicine incorporates education regarding healthy lifestyles, screening labs, and routine health maintenance examinations to keep patients well and fit for life. Preventive care is typically covered 100% by your health insurance plan. The following is included in regular preventive care:

  • Annual checkups/physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Comprehensive lab testing
  • Pap smears/cervical cancer screening
  • Breast cancer screening
  • Colon cancer screening
  • BMI screening
  • Mental health screening
  • Substance abuse screening

If you are overdue for your annual physical or health maintenance exams, contact Avail Health and Wellness to schedule an appointment. Dr. Yeary and her team are delighted to provide comprehensive annual wellness exams for your entire family ages five and up.

Primary Care FAQ

What does primary care include?

Primary care encompasses a wide range of health services and care, including:

  • Diagnosis and treatment for acute and/or chronic illnesses
  • Health education and promotion
  • Disease prevention
  • Health maintenance
  • Health counseling
  • Immunizations
  • Health screenings
  • Diagnostic Testing

What is the difference between primary care and secondary care?

Primary health care includes basic care, testing, and services for acute injury and illness and chronic conditions. Secondary care refers to diagnosis and treatment by a specialist, for example, a gastroenterologist.

How can I change my primary care physician?

The type of insurance plan you have will determine how and when you can change your primary care doctor. For many plans, you will need to talk to your provider to choose a new doctor. Avail Health and Wellness can work with you and your health insurance provider to change your doctor.

What do I need to bring to my first primary care visit?

Usually, you’ll need to bring your insurance card and any additional paperwork along with any medications you are currently taking. Any other relevant medical or health paperwork is also recommended. Before your appointment, our staff will tell you everything you need to bring with you.