Chapter 1, Medical Home

What is a medical home?

It may sound like a building, but a medical home isn’t an actual place. It’s a doctor you or your child goes to for checkups or when you get sick. This doctor is called a “primary care physician,” or PCP.

Why should you have a medical home?

It may seem easier to see any doctor you can when you or your child is sick. But having a medical home – one doctor or clinic you call every time – means you are more likely to get the best care possible. If you see the same doctor every time, that doctor will know what sicknesses and health care you have had. You
and the doctor will also get to know each other.

 

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