GP stands for General practitioners and they are doctors that have received the training and expertise to help you and your family when you have a physical or a mental issue. Presently, a lot of people are sticking to a particular GP doctor because of two major reasons. One of those reasons is that they keep their patient health issues private and the second reason is that their fee is free or at a very low cost. What this therefore means is that whenever you have a health issue that is linked to drugs, sexual health, use of alcohol, contraception and relationships problems, a GP will be able to help.
Presently there are a lot of GP’s all around Singapore. But a question you might be asking yourself right now is how do I find a good GP that will be able to cater for my needs as well as those of my family?
One such GP clinic is that from Acumed Medical. They have clinics all over Singapore in residential areas and have a wide range of medical facilities to attend to your varying needs. If you are serious about getting a good GP for your family, you should visit their site as linked above.
Finding a Good GP
One way to find a GP is to ask your friends, family member or your colleagues at work to recommend a GP for you. You also have the option of going to a GP practice centre that is close to you and ask them about their service.
If you happen to be new in an area, you can visit popular schools and universities to inquire for the location of the local GP; sometimes they might even have a medical service that might suit your need.
If you cannot really go out and make enquires, then you should do a quick search online, to locate the closest GP to your residence. A lot of Headspace centers usually have a GP, so you have the option of talking to the health workers at the headspace if you ever happen to need it.
During your visit to a GP practice do well to make enquires with regards to the cost of their service. A lot of GP’s especially those in headspace has introduced bulk-billing, the process ensures that the cost of Medicare and consultation is subsidized.
As a beneficiary of bulk billing, when visiting your GP, you will have to show your Medicare number. If you have a Medicare card you will spend very little and will get most of the money you spent back later.
You also have the option of using your parent’s card, but in some countries, if you are above the age of fifteen, you can get your own Medicare card.
Making an appointment
In order to make an appointment to see a GP, you can do this either by calling or visiting your GP practice.
When you are making an appointment, you don’t have to tell the receptionist why you are making an appointment. All you need to do is to provide some of your contact and personal details. If you don’t feel comfortable going to the GP practice on your own, you always have the option of taking a family member, friend or relative with you.
Often, an appointment usually lasts for about ten to fifteen minutes. But if you have a number of issues you want to talk about, you can ask for a longer appointment.
What to expect during your visit.
During your first visit, you will be asked a series of questions about your lifestyle, general health, how well you are doing at work and school, your family background and many others.
The reason why GP’s might ask you a lot of questions is that they want to get to know you at a personal level so that they can offer the right advice and make better judgments in the case of an emergency.