Team up with a primary care provider

We talk about how a primary care provider can help you.

October 22, 2020


Staying healthy is a team effort that starts with you and your primary care provider (PCP). Your PCP serves as the leader of your care team and works with you to make sure you get the care you need, when you need it.

At The Polyclinic, your PCP focuses on:

  • Getting to know you
  • Your health goals
  • What's important to you

When you have a PCP, you'll get the most complete, coordinated care possible. We think it's a good idea for everyone to have a PCP to:

  • Help guide your care
  • Care for you when you're sick
  • Connect you to specialists when you need them
  • Keep you healthy with routine preventive care and screenings or care that helps stop illness before it starts

Open enrollment is between October to December for most commercial, Exchange and Medicare plans. Open enrollment is a good time to make sure your PCP is a network provider and covered by your health insurance.

Why you should have a PCP?

Your PCP can:

  • Help you with health problems before they get serious, so you don't have to have a costly visit to an urgent care clinic or emergency room
  • Connect you to a specialist that's a good fit for you, if you need to see one
  • Follow up with you to make sure you're getting the care you need, when you need it

Types of PCPs

PCPs specialize in:

  • Internal medicine for adults
  • Family medicine for all ages
  • Pediatrics for children through age 18

PCP locations at The Polyclinic

You'll find PCPs at many of our locations, including:

  • Ballard
  • Downtown
  • Madison Center
  • Northgate Plaza

Need help choosing a primary care provider?

Use our online find care tool and search for a PCP who is:

  • In your neighborhood
  • Welcoming new patients
  • Shares your interests
  • All of the above

Call us for help finding a PCP that's right for you. You can reach us at 1-206-329-1777, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We can also schedule appointments over the phone.

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The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.