Although there is always the trend to move towards specializations and referrals to specialists, there is still an emphasis on clinics and physicians that can provide complete care medical services, especially for families. Often these complete care medical services tend to be more common in the smaller and more rural areas, but more and more patients across the country are looking for doctors and clinics that can meet all their needs, at least at the basic health care level.
Patients report that they feel more comfortable in working with a physician and his or her staff that they have an ongoing relationship with. Complete care medical centers allow patients and staff to develop just such a relationship through routine and regular check-ups, vaccinations and preventative medical treatments and visits. It is much more likely that a patient will discuss health questions or concerns with staff in a complete care medical setting than they will in a service where the doctor or staff is constantly changing or is on a rotational basis where the patient may not be able to request a specific doctor.
Historically doctors and patients have developed a sense of trust and respect for each other throughout their ongoing patient/doctor interactions. In more recent health care models and in larger clinics the patient may constantly see different physicians and their staff based on the issues that brought them to the clinic. For some patients this constant change in physicians results in an unwillingness to come in unless there is a serious concern, often bypassing or eliminating the chance to treat the condition in the early stages. Complete care medical clinics or facilities that would allow the patient to see their regular doctor first, then immediately book an appointment with a recommended specialists is a good way to overcome this obstacle while still providing high levels of patient care and early diagnosis opportunities.
Complete care medical facilities do take coordination and cooperation between medical professionals, as well as a good understanding by insurance companies and other health care professionals. With growing interest in the service it is more common to see complete care medical clinics and doctors working closely together even in larger communities where there is typically more specialization. Some corporate organizations now offer in house physicians and treatment options for employees, which may add to the development of more complete care medical programs in corporations and businesses both nationally and globally.