Frequently Asked Questions
Why is a Primary Care Physician (PCP) the center of my healthcare plan ABLC Health Network?
PCPs – also known as internists, family doctors or general practitioners – approach your whole health, with a focus on prevention and screening.
PCPs are frontline players for routine health issues, minor illness and checkups. Why?
When your PCP has worked with you directly, he or she has the tools for making highly informed decisions for treatment or referrals to specialized care.
How are Family Medicine and Internal Medicine different?
Family Medicine doctors – also known as Family Practitioners – are trained to address wide range of medical skills. This enables them to treat patients from birth to end-of-life, and to know when it’s necessary to refer you to more specialized care.
Internal Medicine doctors/Internists focus on adult and senior care, with extra training and experience in managing chronic, complex or severe illnesses. Like Family Practitioners, they will refer you to a specialist whenever it’s necessary and remain part of your care team.
What is a specialist?
With advanced training and degrees in specific types of medicine – such as podiatry, oncology and pulmonology – specialists pick up your care whenever your condition falls outside your PCP’s scope of expertise.
Will ABLC Health Network help me find medical professionals?
Yes. Our ABLC Care Representatives can point you toward the best providers for managing your condition and referring you to other medical professionals as needed.