General medicine and the general practitioner still have their place in modern society. From children to womens health to dermatological problems and anything else in between – that is the speciality of the general practitioner.
These days it is very expensive, firstly, to go see a specialist, secondly, they are usually fully booked far in advance, and thirdly and most importantly – it is not always necessary to see one. Most people don’t know this. Go see a GP first – this is after all the primary care physician.
Family doctors are typically the first point-of-contact for patients when they feel ill or experience a basic injury. During the initial visit, the GP will make a diagnosis of the patient’s condition using simple procedures. They then decide how to treat the patient, do some blood testing or other special investigations and then decide whether to refer the patient to a specialist for more involved care. This decision is the patient’s decision – the doctor just aids in the decision making process.
That is the another benefit of seeing a family doctor who knows your medical history and thinks holistically – all options always get considered. No ‘one-way’ thinking is allowed and you and the doctor then together decide what the best management for you at that specific time in your life will be.