Benefits of Having a Family Physician Recognized During Family Medicine Week

Research shows adults and children with a Family Physician as their regular source of care have lower annual costs of care, visit the doctor less, are prescribed fewer medications and report less difficulty accessing care.

To highlight Family Physicians’ dedication to providing high quality, patient-centered primary care to Michiganders, Feb. 24-March 2 is being recognized as Family Medicine Week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

“Family Physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person by providing personal, comprehensive healthcare to people of all ages, from newborns to seniors,” said Robert Gordon, MDHHS director. “Having an ongoing relationship with a family physician for routine check-ups can help you stay healthy and prevent illness. If you do get sick, your family doctor can diagnose and treat the illness or coordinate care if a specialist is needed.”

The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians collectively represent more than 5,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students statewide. Together they are hosting Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day in Lansing on Feb. 26 to provide an opportunity for family medicine advocates to discuss legislative and policy issues impacting the delivery of and access to healthcare in Michigan with their elected officials.