General Practice and Family Medicine

GP AND FAMILY MEDICINE

General Practice and Family Medicine Medicentres

Our well-trained GPs (general practitioners) are dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare to you, your family and your community, in line with the highest international medical standards. Which means that you can relax, knowing that you and your loved ones are in capable hands.

Offering a flexible and personal service, we allow time for a thorough personal assessment and follow-up treatment and advice. Your physician will get to know you and your family, not only making you feel more comfortable, but also allowing for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Commitments made by your General Practitioner/Family Physician

1) TO THE INDIVIDUAL

Comprehensive care

  • To identify all the problems presented, including undifferentiated problems, early states of illness, acute problems, chronic diseases, psychological problems, and rehabilitation.

  • To define what is needed to heal each patient, physically, mentally and socially.

  • To diagnose prevalent disease, to eliminate possible serious disease, and to coordinate other health services when needed.

2) FAMILY FOCUS

We consider the relationships between the physician and the patient, and the physician and patient’s family, as important aspects of health care.

Your general practitioner/family physician serves as your advocate, irrespective of the level of care required within the system. Such advocacy helps each patient and/or family member to take an active part in the clinical decision-making process. What’s more, management plans are negotiated in collaboration with you to find the best solution, taking into account its cost effectiveness.

3) TO THE COMMUNITY

Overall objectives

  • To have knowledge of the epidemiology (causes, distribution, and control of disease) of the community being served.

  • To have maximum influence on any health problem in the community.

Support in the community

  • To understand health-related behaviors in the community and to support the community’s efforts to safeguard the health of the population.

  • To make use of the services provided by practitioners of alternative medicine, provided they are scientifically acceptable.

  • To include the prevention of illness, promotion of health, management of illness, and rehabilitation in the care we provide.

4) COORDINATION WITH OTHER SERVICES

General/family practice differs from other specialties in the following respects:

  • The general practitioner/family physician often deals with undifferentiated clinical problems, i.e. problems that have not previously been assessed by a physician.

  • Even after full assessment, a significant proportion of problems cannot and do not need to be diagnosed in the usual sense of the term. Many clinical decisions have to be made without a precise clinical diagnosis. Knowledge of the patient often plays a big part in these decisions, while the physician’s most important task is often to eliminate the possibility of serious disease.

  • The prevalence of disease in general practice is very different from its prevalence in the selected population of a hospital clinic or ward. Since the predictive value of clinical data varies with the prevalence of a disease in a given population, the same symptom, sign or test may have a different predictive value in general/family practice than that in a hospital practice.