Primary Care Provider
Having a primary care provider, or personal doctor, is essential to maintaining good health over the years. He or she is the one who has the most complete picture of your past and current health and can help you take steps to prevent future health issues. Primary care providers conduct annual physical exams as well as diagnose and treat minor illnesses and injuries. These providers are also available to help you manage chronic health conditions.
Nurse Call Line
Have questions about symptoms or a medication but your doctor’s office is closed for the day? A 24/7 nurse call line might be your best option. You’ll be connected with a nurse who can assess your symptoms, answer questions about medication and determine what you should do next.
Urgent care centers are the place to go when you have a non-emergency health issue outside of your primary care provider’s office hours. Consider going if you experience symptoms such as a fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, ear or sinus pain or cough or sore throat, rashes or burns or minor injuries such as a sprain or strain. Most urgent care centers are also able to take x-rays, provide vaccinations, do minor blood work and provide stitches.
If you’re experiencing potentially life-threatening symptoms, you need to get to an emergency room as soon as possible. These symptoms may include chest pain, difficulty breathing, head trauma, severe bleeding, stroke symptoms, unconsciousness and loss of vision.
Through virtual visits, providers can address everything from flu symptoms and rashes to mental health issues and chronic health check-ins. These visits offer greater convenience than a traditional office visit because you can do the visit from your home, office or wherever is most convenient for you.
Talk to your health insurance provider
Network Health can help you get the right care at the right time from the right provider. To learn more, visit us at networkhealth.com.
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