One of the best – and easiest – things you can do to save money and stay healthy is have a primary care physician (PCP), yet many 25% of Americans don’t have one. That means they’re forced to use the Emergency Room or go without help when their sick and also have no help in trying to understand things like what their biometric results mean for their health.
We don’t want that for you. We want every single employee in our family of companies to benefit from having a primary care physician, so, we’re running a challenge in the month of March to see which facility can have the highest percentage of people with PCPs!
What You Win
Beyond the life benefits of having a PCP (see below), here is what you get if you participate in the challenge:
- $10 gas card just for turning in the name of your doctor.
- Your name entered into a drawing for a variety of $50, $100 & $250 gift cards.
In addition to the individual prizes, the facility who has the highest percentage of employees that have a PCP by the end of the challenge gets a free catered meal!
How To Participate
Please note: This challenge is for our facility and plant operations only.
If you already have a PCP, simply tell your HR rep and get your gas card and be entered into the drawings.
If you need to get a PCP, it’s easy! Just use the Find a Doctor tool on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas website* to find one in your area and schedule a visit to establish care. After the visit, take your receipt to your HR rep to get your gas card and be entered into the drawings.
*you do not need to be on our company medical insurance plan to use the Find a Doctor tool.
Three Benefits of a PCP
What is a primary care physician? A primary care physician (PCP), or primary care provider, is a health care professional who practices general medicine. In the old days, people simply called them their “family doctor.” PCPs are our first stop for medical care. Establishing care with a primary care provider benefits you in three primary ways:
Improved Quality of Care
People who see a PCP tend to have better health outcomes. That’s because they can provide:
- Individualized Care: It’s important to have a trusting relationship with a doctor who knows you and your unique medical history.
- Preventative Care: Make regularly scheduled visits with the same doctor to spot danger signs early on.
- Chronic Disease Management: Monitoring chronic diseases is critical for maintaining overall health and preventing unnecessary complications.
- Comprehensive Care: It’s imperative to have one doctor who keeps the big picture in mind by caring for the patient’s immediate medical needs.
Higher Patient Satisfaction
Patients who find a reliable PCP tend to be happier with their medical care. That’s because a trusting relationship can lead to:
- Easier Communication: If you know your doctor’s style and they know yours, communication will be easier. You also won’t have to repeat your medical history every time you need a checkup.
- Better Referrals: Get specialist referrals from a trusted source who knows your personality and health history.
- Less Searching: There is no need to go searching for a new doctor, specialist, or urgent care center every time you have a medical problem or concern.
- Less Stress: Keep a regular schedule for your annual physical exams and screenings and you won’t have to wonder if and when it’s time to see a healthcare professional.
Lower Overall Costs
If better health and happiness aren’t enough, having a PCP can also help decrease your long-term medical costs. That’s because patients with a PCP tend to have:
- Fewer Hospital and ER Visits: If your PCP is a phone call away, you’ll be less likely to need emergency care. See a doctor regularly and you’re also less likely to be caught off guard by a major health problem.
- Fewer Long-Term Problems: Spot problems early on and you’ll reduce the need for expensive procedures down the road.
- Fewer Complications: Monitoring chronic conditions helps you prevent complications. That improves your health, and helps you lower long-term costs.