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A family or general practice doctor cares for the health needs of people of all ages and genders. Unless you need to see a specialist, when you go to the doctor's office you will generally be seeing a family practice physician. The following are some terms you will come across when going to the doctor's office.

  • Clinic – A medical health center that is dedicated to the care of outpatients, those who do not need hospital care. Most family care practices offer the same services as clinics.
  • Appointment – To meet with a family doctor or nurse practitioner you will need to set up a date and time with their office, as most practices discourage walk-ins. If you are sick, however, you can usually make an appointment to see the doctor that day.
  • Health Insurance – Insurance that covers the cost of treatment for illness or injury. While making an appointment to see the doctor, confirm that they do accept your insurance. Most insurances will also provide you a list of family and general practice doctors you can use.
  • Exam – Family doctors are licensed to provide tests to diagnose illness or health. While most simple tests can be done within the practice, such as blood and urine tests, some medical conditions may need referral to see a specialist.
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    Sanford Health Beresford Clinic
    600 W Cedar Street, Beresford, SD 57004
    Dedicated to the work of health and healing. Improving the human condition through exceptional care, innovation and discovery.
    (605) 763-5002
    Centerville Medical Clinic
    512 Broadway Street, Centerville, SD 57014
    Dedicated to the work of health and healing. Improving the human condition through exceptional care, innovation and discovery.
    (605) 563-2411
    Sanford Canton-inwood Clinic
    400 N Hiawatha Drive, Canton, SD 57013
    Dedicated to the work of health and healing. Improving the human condition through exceptional care, innovation and discovery.
    (605) 764-1500
    Cheryl PA Cronin C
    15 E 2nd St, Remsen, IA 51050
    (712) 786-1114
    Family Medicine Clinic PC
    1614 Diamond Street Pl, Onawa, IA 51040
    (712) 423-1525
    Fernando Escobar MD
    20 S Plum St, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 624-9111
    William J Dendinger MD
    101 S Plum St, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 624-8643
    Charles C Yelverton MD
    101 S Plum St, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 624-8643
    Vermillion Medical Clinic
    101 S Plum St, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 624-8643
    Sanford Health Vermillion Clinic
    20 S Plum St, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 624-9111
    Avera Medical Group
    405 W Darlene St, Hartington, NE 68739
    (402) 254-3935
    Oakland Family Practice
    100 W 9th St Ste 1, Oakland, NE 68045
    (402) 685-5120
    Dinklage Medical Clinic
    500 E Decatur St, West Point, NE 68788
    (402) 372-2477
    Horn Physicians Clinic
    700 E 2nd St, Ida Grove, IA 51445
    (712) 364-2514
    IDA Grove Family Health Center
    101 E 2nd St, Ida Grove, IA 51445
    (712) 364-2300

    If you or a family member is sick, generally you will see a doctor at his or her office. Whether you go to a general medical practice or a family physician is up to your preference. The terms used to be synonymous in the health profession, but they are no longer the same. After World War II, medical sub specialties became more popular and many physicians left general practice. It was thought that four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and one year of internship was not enough training to properly practice medicine. Three year residency programs were added for additional training and to allow candidates to take board certification exams. General health practitioners still exist to some degree, but they are usually referred to as internal medicine. Family doctors are trained to treat people of all ages and usually serve as primary care physicians at their clinics. They often have a staff or nurses available to help gather information and perform basic tests including temperature and blood pressure, though the formal diagnosis is always performed by the doctor. If a patient infected with bacteria, doctors will prescribe antibiotics, but will generally tell you to gather over the counter medications for a virus, like the flu. They'll also know whether the patient needs to be sent to another facility for additional testing, like x rays or blood work. It's common to need an appointment in order to see the physician at his or her center and though insurance isn't always necessary, it does severely reduce costs for the patient.
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