to provide comprehensive medical care for families and individuals suffering from all types of illnesses, disorders, conditions and diseases. As a family doctor, Dr. Moscowitz is usually the first point of contact for patients when they seek general medical care (categorized as a primary care provider) and can refer patients to specialists when necessary.
Family medicine, or family practice, is a division of primary care focused on the provision of comprehensive medical care for people of all ages, with family doctors often providing care for the entire family. As a family doctor, these physicians generally develop close relationships with patients over an extended period of time, allowing for the provision of comprehensive care that other specialists may be less likely to deliver.
Family physicians are tasked with caring for not only the physical health of patients and families, but also the mental and emotional health and how it relates to the family as a unit. Family medicine also emphasizes preventive care, attempting to keep the patient healthy and prevent diseases before they occur through regular exercise, a healthy diet and healthy life choices.
When treating patients and their families, family physicians employ a variety of techniques and procedures. With regard to preventive measures, Family doctors are tasked with performing regular examinations or checkups, immunizations and screening tests, among others. Family physicians are trained to identify and treat a very wide range of illnesses and injuries, but may also refer patients to a specialist when they deem it necessary. Additionally, family physicians may also treat and manage chronic conditions without the assistance of a specialist.
To provide urgent medical care to patients who typically require treatment within a 24 hour window. Dr. Moscowitz provides care to patients who are who are not critically ill, but still require attention in order to prevent more serious complications from arising.
Urgent care is a medical specialty that provides outpatient care for minor injuries and illnesses in a medical facility other than a hospital emergency room, such as a walk-in medical clinic. Generally, urgent care facilities do not provide care for serious injuries such as trauma, but provide patients with a place to seek medical care when their primary care physician is unavailable – such as after normal business hours. Although urgent care centers are not hospital emergency rooms, they may be part of a hospital system.
Urgent care clinics are notable for their convenience. Urgent care physicians are able to provide a “broad spectrum” of care to those of all ages on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis. This includes treating illnesses like the common cold and allergies, minor injuries and other non-life-threatening complications. Urgent care facilities may also practice preventative medicine, providing services such as flu shots, vaccinations and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, among others. Urgent care centers are also capable of performing minor surgeries and performing medical imaging procedures such as X-rays or EKGs.
Generally, urgent care centers can provide medical care at a much lesser cost than hospital emergency rooms. In many instances, medical insurance will cover visits to an urgent care clinic or center, as it provides care similar to that of a general practice.