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Family Medicine Doctors

Family Medicine Doctors in Sarasota FL

The family care doctors at Reliable MD will support you and your family’s health through every life stage. We offer safe, professional, and comprehensive care so that you can feel confident in making any and all decisions pertaining to your health. Contact us today for more information about our family medicine services or book an online appointment. We would love to be a part of your and your family’s healthcare journey. We are conveniently located at 5045 Fruitville Rd Suite 123B, Sarasota, FL 34232.

Family Medicine Doctors Near Me in Sarasota FL
Family Medicine Doctors Near Me in Sarasota FL

Table of Contents:

What do you mean by family medicine doctor?
What do family doctors usually specialize in?
Can family doctors accept a family as new patients?
What are the benefits of having a family doctor?

Family medicine physicians also referred to as primary care professionals, provide comprehensive medical services to individuals and families alike. Family doctors are dedicated to treating the individual as a whole person, helping to improve and safeguard overall health, regardless of age or gender, through ongoing preventive and integrated care.

What do you mean by family medicine doctor?


Family medicine doctors, also sometimes called primary care physicians or family medicine physicians, are medical doctors that specialize in maintaining and boosting the overall health and wellness of their patients.
 
They complete four years of medical school and a three-year residency program, in addition to ongoing training to ensure their knowledge base is consistently updated to reflect new and changing medical information.
 
Family doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating a variety of health conditions that affect different age ranges and genders. Some family practitioners choose to specialize further, going into specific branches of medicine such as geriatric or pediatric care.

What do family doctors usually specialize in?


Family practice doctors specialize in providing safe and effective care to people of all ages and genders. They are medical generalists, meaning that they treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions, evaluate symptoms, offer preventative care, and refer patients to specialists should they require a higher level of care.
 
Family physicians deliver a wide range of care services, including:
 
• Health risk assessments
• Health screenings
• Healthy lifestyle counseling
Immunizations
• Routine checkups
• Sick visits
• Treatment of common chronic and acute conditions
Wellness checks

Some family practitioners choose to specialize further, going into specific branches of medicine such as geriatric or pediatric care. However, most family practitioners tend to focus on the overall health care of those individuals who come in for primary care services.

Can family doctors accept a family as new patients?


Yes, although it depends on the rules set by the specific clinic.
 
It is common for many family practitioners to accept members of existing patients’ families into practice, even when the doctor is not publicly accepting new patients.
 
However, some family physicians only accept new patients on a first-come-first-serve basis, while others will only accept new patients that are registered on a pre-existing waitlist. Therefore it’s important to consult with the clinic beforehand to see what their policy is for accepting a family as potential new patients.

What are the benefits of having a family doctor?


While specialists have very specific knowledge when it comes to certain body parts, organs, and/or conditions, family physicians are able to diagnose and treat most ailments and provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages and genders.
 
The benefits of having a family doctor include:
 
• Having a practitioner that cares for patients regardless of age, gender, and/or health conditions.
• Having a consistent first point of contact when health issues arise.
• Develop an enduring and trusting 1-on-1 relationship with your doctor.
• Consulting with a practitioner that understands physical, emotional, and social determinants of health.
• Having access to a medical professional that can help you navigate the health care system.
• Coordinated care with specialists, including referrals and follow-up visits.
• Having a medical professional that takes into consideration the impact of health on a patient’s family.
 
In addition to these benefits, it has also been clinically proven that having a regular primary care physician has been linked to:
 
• Lower infant mortality
• Higher birth weights
• Higher Immunization rates
• Lower overall healthcare costs
• Longer healthier life spans
 
At Reliable MD, our team of family care practitioners accepts individual and family requests for patient care. If you have questions about our family medicine services or would like more information about what we offer, contact us today or book an online to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Sarasota County on Fruitville Rd, which is close to Whitfield Ave, Bee Ridge Rd, Lockwood Ridge Rd, and beyond! We also provide telehealth services, serving the entire state of Florida.