What’s Ailing You: Primary Care Doctors

Having a primary care doctor is crucial, because specialists only treat one part of your body.

Having a primary care doctor is crucial, because specialists only treat one part of your body. (12/12/13)

NORWALK - News 12 Connecticut's What's Ailing You looks at whether or not it’s necessary to have a primary care doctor.

Tommy Deering, a new resident of Norwalk, says he doesn’t have a doctor and finding one isn’t a top priority for him.

But Dr. Joe Feuerstein of Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine says having a primary care doctor is crucial, because specialists only treat one part of your body.

“If you get sick with something that affects lots of different systems, either you have ten different doctors looking after you and too many cooks spoil the broth, or alternatively you have one over-arching doctor who can look out for everything,” Feuerstein says.

When it comes to insurance coverage and even getting an appointment with a specialist, a referral by a primary care doctor is often required.

News 12 Connecticut wants to know, "What's Ailing You." You ask the medical question and we'll work to find you an expert's answer. Send your questions by way of Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WhatsAilingYou.

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