The Foundation of Primary Care

Family physicians are the only specialists qualified to treat most ailments and provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages, from newborns to seniors. They conduct approximately one in five office visits, which is 192 million visits annually—48 percent more than the next most visited specialty.

In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, family physicians provide preventive care including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and screening tests, and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They also manage chronic illness from heart disease, stroke, and hypertension to diabetes, cancer, and asthma.