Primary Care

Choosing a Primary Care Provider

Everyone should have a primary care provider. A primary care provider cares for:

  • Your non-emergency care
  • Learns your health history
  • Recommends tests and screenings needed to maintain health
  • Detects illness
  • Notices changes in your health

A primary care provider also coordinates overall care, even if you receive specialty care elsewhere.

Important considerations

Choose a primary care provider who:

  • Makes you feel comfortable discussing health topics
  • Answers your questions
  • Communicates well, speaking in terms you can understand
  • Suggests ways to improve your health
  • Recommends screenings and exams appropriate for your age and sex
  • Treats common illnesses and injuries
  • Involves you as a partner in your care — asks what you think, listens to your concerns and expects you to follow through with action when required
  • Explains the options when you need treatment
  • Offers referrals to highly qualified specialists when necessary
  • Is board-certified, indicating the provider has had additional training after medical school and has passed an exam in a medical specialty

Primary care providers include:

  • Family medicine physicians
  • Internal medicine physicians (for adolescents through adults of all ages, often with multiple health conditions)
  • Obstetricians/Gynecologists (for adult females)
  • Pediatricians (for children)
  • Physician assistants
  • Family nurse practitioners

Do you need a primary care provider? Call Central Scheduling at 201.967.7130 for an appointment with one of Bergen New Bridge’s primary care providers.

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