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How to Pick the Perfect Primary Care Physician in Five Simple Steps

Research suggests that having access to a primary care physician increases life expectancy. More than specialist doctors, primary care providers (PCPs) forge lasting relationships with their patients that often translate into better preventive and intuitive care. Apparently, but not surprisingly, routine (even if relatively short) visits with their patients help PCPs develop a deeper understanding of their medical issues, behavior and preferences. It’s an understanding that makes it easier for primary care doctors to anticipate and respond to their patients’ physical and emotional needs, with the happy result being the improvement of patients’ health and the prolonging of their lives. With this…