Why choose a family physician? - Osler Health International

Why choose a family physician?

There are a number of reasons why having a doctor who knows you and your family is of value. We care for people who come from all over the world, and each country may have different ‘norms’ when it comes to healthcare. In many countries having a GP that cares for all members of the family is a highly regarded and valued practice. We believe it is especially helpful to have a family physician in Singapore too for the following reasons:

1. Family doctors get to know your personal and family history

1. Family doctors get to know your personal and family history

A family practice has a patient-centred clinical approach. The patient–doctor relationship is central in any family practice. The development of a trusted bond helps in understanding the patient as a person, and therefore diagnosis of the illness. If you see a surgeon, they may think only in terms of surgery! A family physician has experience across a broad medical range, and this means they are adept at identifying what health solution is required.

2. Family doctors treat more than you may think

2. Family doctors treat more than you may think

A family physician is trained to cover a broad range of medical areas thereby has a more holistic approach. This holistic approach means they can support your health needs across a broad selection of medical needs and draw the link between conditions and illnesses. In terms of broader skills, a family GP can provide a woman’s PAP (cervical smear) tests rather than seeing a specialist Gynaecologist.  In doing so not only do you have easy access to this wider scope of service, consultations will also be less costly than seeing a specialist.

3. Family doctors can recommend the right specialist (as and when needed)

3. Family doctors can recommend the right specialist (as and when needed)

After many years of living and practicing in Singapore, our family physicians have developed an extended network of trusted professionals. Not only does a family doctor have knowledge of the best professional colleagues to turn to, they will also be able to co-manage your care so there is continuity of support.

4. Family doctors can save you money 

4. Family doctors can save you money 

The cost of healthcare in Singapore can be high. Often, with the extensive experience and broad knowledge, a family physician can care for you and your family without seeking costly specialist care. As and when specialist knowledge is required, your family doctor can navigate the various options and recommend a trusted healthcare professional.