Ask a Doc: Is it possible to have too many medical persons caring for one person?
Our answer comes from Dr. Karen Ferroni, HMC Medical Director
Question: Is it possible to have too many medical persons caring for one person? I am asking because right now I am seeing 11 different professionals for a number of reasons. I do not think there is much information coordination of care taking place. What if anything should I do to make sure my medical issues are being taken care of but not overlooked?
Answer: Medicine has become so complicated that it is not possible for a physician to be an expert in everything. Many patients with serious medical conditions benefit from the advice of specialists. It is important, though, to have a primary care physician who helps a patient keep track of all of the advice and medications prescribed by their team of specialists. It is the primary care physician's job to work with the patient's team members to help keep care coordinated.
If you need a primary care physician, call the HMC Health Promotion Line at (413) 534-2532.
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