Family physicians also manage most chronic illnesses, and when needed will coordinate care provided by sub-specialists.
Family medicine is the most versatile of all physician specialties, providing comprehensive medical care to patients of all genders and all ages, and family physicians are just as diverse as their patients
Today, Family Doctors provide the majority of care for America’s under served rural and urban populations., which would otherwise lack access to primary care.
Family Doctors deliver care in a variety of settings, including:
Of the nearly 885 million visits that Americans made to office-based physicians in 2014, 52% were to primary care physicians.
In 2010, there were approximately 209,000 practicing primary care physicians in the U.S., according to research commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Of the 624,434 physicians in the United States who spend most of their time in direct patient care, less than one-third are specialists in primary care.
As per Statista report, in 2012, a total of 78% of the respondents had a family physician or primary care doctor.
Look for a doctor who will help you save on medical costs and unnecessary referrals, rather than looking for ways to rack up your bill.
The 10 Most Commonly Visited Physician-Rating Sites
HealthGrades.com, Vitals.com, Yelp.com, YP.com, RevolutionHealth.com, RateMD.com, Angieslist.com, Checkbook.org, Kudzu.com, and ZocDoc.com.
Analysis of 4999 Online Physician Ratings by Google Trends
The percentage of reviews with a rating of 4 or higher on sites with a 5-point scale was only 74% – Does your doctor have above average review ratings?
How much do reviews really matter?
47% of consumers say a doctor’s reputation matters.
60% of consumers need to read four or more reviews before forming an opinion.
80% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.
31% of consumers only trust reviews that seem authentic.
Not all Physicians offer everything
Percent of family physicians offering various services
In a nutshell:
Not being the typical big-box clinic, independent primary care clinics have the ability and flexibility to provide the exact amount of care, time and the comprehensiveness that each patient needs.
SAVING YOUR MONEY
Hospital owned clinics put on a facility fee an additional 30% cost charges; independent primary care homes don’t charge that bill.
In big hospitals, miscommunication is a common thing since multiple physicians are involved. But in independent family care clinic, a dedicated doctor will attend you preventing any blunder.
With longer appointment lengths at longer intervals, 60 mins (New patients) and 30 mins (Established patients) patients can have fewer visits, fewer co-pays and better-coordinated care overall.
RIGHT AMOUNT OF CARE THE RIGHT WAY
Longer time with doctors means patient get the right amount of diagnosis and care. Issues can be handled easily via email or phone, unlike big hospitals. Independent clinics do not have big billboards and giant referral centers to direct patients their way; they live and die by good reputation, hard work, “patient ownership”, work of mouth from satisfied families and outhustling the Big Box alternatives.
Independent physicians are on the decline
In 2001: 55% were independent
Does your doctor seem like they enjoy what they do?
Best doctor in the valley.
I really enjoy having a doctor that not only knows his field but knows people too. Serving the community through his military services and overseas helps with compassion. He doesn’t sugar coat things. And he tells you in straight terms so you understand but is also compassionate about it.
Dr. Crownover is thorough and takes his time explaining everything!! There’s never a feeling of being rushed!! He takes his time listening to your matter. Great Doctor our family is thankful to have an amazing doctor like him!!
Me and my family’s visit with Dr. Crownover and his staff was a very pleasant one. He spent A LOT of time with us, listened carefully and provided us with a wide range of treatment options. He seemed genuinely concerned about our concerns and we didn’t feel like a “number in line” like we did with our last doctor. We look forward to having him as our family provider!
Best doctor visit I’ve had in 15 years. So grateful for the time he took.
Being new to Boise I needed to find a physician to help my family and I. I schedule with Dr. Crownover based on his high level of accomplishments. I didn’t expect to find such a kind and fun staff as well as thoughtful and engaging physician. I would highly recommend Dr. Crownover and his team without reservation.
Dr. Crownover and his staff are clearly committed to providing a comprehensive family practice by caring for individual patients in a high tech contemporary good old fashion “Dr. “Marcus Welby” style; a one to one patient/doctor focus combined with Dr. Crownover’s remarkable medical experience and diverse knowledge of all aspects of internal medicine.
I don’t think I’ve ever had such a great experience with any doctor. I’ll definitely be back!!
Makes going to the doctor almost fun almost.