5 benefits of having a dedicated family doctor in Ghana

Did you know that it's possible to have the same doctor treat you and your family every time you visit the hospital? Here're 5 reasons why you might want to get a dedicated Family Doctor.

Dr. Osa Olayemi

Dr. Osa Olayemi

Deputy Medical Director, Nyaho Medical Centre

1. Off-duty access to Family Doctor

In Ghana, it’s not unusual to meet a new doctor each time you visit a facility. This can be frustrating. Having a Family Doctor spares you the inconvenience of telling your story over and over again to each new doctor you meet.

At Nyaho Medical Centre, for instance, the Family Physician Practice caters for patients and their families who require continuity of care and off-duty access to a family doctor.

2. Family Doctors coordinate all aspects of your care, especially when you need care from specialists

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Research shows that people who have an ongoing relationship with a primary care physician (Family Doctor) have better overall health outcomes, lower death rates and lower their total cost of care. 

When you need care from other Specialists, your Family Doctor will be there to guide and to coordinate all aspects of your care.

3. Family Doctors provide care for the whole body

Family Doctors are trained to treat the person as a whole. They treat all organs, every disease, at all ages and both genders.

Thus irrespective of age, sex, or type of disease in the context of the family, the Family Doctor works together with their patients to achieve the best possible outcome using the most cost-effective means.

4. Family Doctors provide a relationship you may not have from your regular General Practisioner

A Family Doctor provides care during illness and during times when you are well, hence you have continuity of care that lasts several years and life cycles.

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5. Family Doctors offer lifestyle recommendations to help you stay healthy for the long term

The Family Doctor helps patients to adopt healthy lifestyles to reduce the occurrence of preventable illnesses like hypertension and diabetes in the long run. 

The Family Doctor’s role is to help you stay healthy with an individualized plan of care. Family Doctors know the key to maintaining long-term good health.

Get a dedicated Family Doctor for your family

Want your own family doctor? Check out the Family Practice Clinic at Nyaho Medical Centre, which provides a dedicated doctor on call for you and your family. Learn more about Family Doctors at Nyaho Medical Centre.