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FAQs about Primary Care

Answers to frequently asked questions

What does it mean to establish care?
Establishing care means choosing a primary care provider to proactively help you manage your health.

What does a primary care provider do?
Your primary care provider will help you maintain your health through annual physicals and important preventative screenings. You can also turn to them when you have a health concern. Being familiar with your medical history and current issues, they can offer personalized health recommendations to help you reach your future goals. Having this relationship offers you many benefits, can save you time and money in the long run and, most importantly, leads to better health.

How often should you see your primary care provider?
An annual physical is recommended for everyone. However, you can also contact them as often as you need to with any medical concerns you may have.

What will it cost?
Most major insurance companies cover an annual physical with your primary care provider at no cost to you, as part of your preventive care. If you have additional questions about your coverage, contact your insurance company. There is usually a customer service phone number on the back of your insurance card.

How do I choose a primary care provider?
The best way to choose a provider is to find a clinic located near you. Then, get to know the providers at that clinic by reading their bios in the Meet Our Team section of the clinic’s location page.

You can also call 218.249.4000 or request an appointment online and we would be happy to help you find a provider you connect with.

What if I don’t like my provider or clinic?
You are free to change your provider or clinic at any point.

What if I’m sick and need to be seen now?
There are times where an illness or injury needs immediate treatment. If you are unable to get into your primary care provider when you need immediate care, St. Luke’s offers convenient, on-demand care at multiple locations. Learn more about our immediate care options.