Your Primary Care Provider (PCP) is your main source of healthcare. Your PCP is usually your first call when you feel unwell. Your PCP will also see you for your annual well-visit (also known as a checkup or physical). If you need to see a specialist, your PCP will help coordinate your care, letting you know what kind of specialist you need and why. Your PCP will also give you a referral (if the specialist needs one).
All healthcare you receive through the HUSKY Health program must be from providers who participate in HUSKY Health.
Your PCP is your personal doctor and the main source of your healthcare. Having a PCP is important. They can identify health concerns early and start treatment quickly to help prevent further health issues. They can also help coordinate your care with specialists.
Your PCP should explain things to you in a way that is easy to understand. This will help you manage any health concerns you have. Understanding treatments and medications prescribed for you is important. Your PCP will also explain why you are taking your medications and what you can expect from them, and give you clear directions on how to take them.
Some PCPs are part of a person-centered medical home (PCMH). To learn more about what a PCMH is, please click here.
You have your annual physical when you are healthy so it’s called a “well-visit. ” It's also called a “checkup. ” When you go for your yearly “checkup, ” your PCP checks up on you. You will usually be given a basic exam, and your PCP might also run some tests and screenings. Your PCP will also review your health history as well as your family's health history. During these visits, small problems can often be found and treated before they become big problems. When health issues are treated early, you can get better faster!
To help you make the most of your well-visit, here are some questions you can ask your PCP to help jump-start the conversation.
Getting preventive care reduces the risk for diseases, disabilities, and death. Services like screenings, dental check-ups, and vaccinations are key to keeping people of all ages healthy. HUSKY Health covers preventive care as long as the doctor you see is a part of the HUSKY Health network.
Here is a tool to help you see which screenings you may need. Click the link below to try it!
The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit provides comprehensive and preventive healthcare services for children under age 21.
EPSDT services include well-care visits for children. A well-care visit is when your child sees the PCP for a routine checkup. The reason for the visit is to see how your child is growing and developing. The EPSDT/well-care visit includes a complete exam. This will include checking your child’s height, weight, vision, hearing, and blood lead levels. Depending on the age and health history of your child, your child may also receive a shot(s). The provider can give you advice about your child’s nutritional needs and activity levels as well.
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