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Quick Facts

  • Awards

    5 Awards

  • Patients' Choice Award
  • On-Time Doctor Award
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition
  • Physician Office Systems Recognition Program
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • Accepted Insurance

  • Tufts Health Plan

Doctors in Health First Family Care Center

View all physicians that belong to Health First Family Care Center.

Ratings & Comments

48 ratings with 7 comments

The Overall Average Patient Rating of Health First Family Care Center when asked is excellent. Health First Family Care Center has been reviewed by 48 patients. The rating is 4.3 out of 5 stars.

The average wait time to see a doctor at Health First Family Care Center as provided by patient reviews is 21 minutes. By comparison, the national average for a pre-vist wait time is 21 minutes.

Specialties

3 specialties

  • Family Medicine

    A family practitioner is a doctor who specializes in caring for people of all ages, at all stages of life. Rather than focusing on the treatment of one disease or patient population, family practitioners are often the doctors that people see for their everyday ailments, like cold and flu or respiratory infections, and health screenings. When necessary, family practitioners will provide referrals for conditions that require the expertise of another specialist.
    The doctors may also provide physicals, inoculations, prenatal care, treat chronic diseases, like diabetes and asthma, and provide advice on disease prevention.

  • General Practice

    A general practitioner is similar to a family practitioner in that they treat patients of all ages with a variety of health concerns. These doctors treat everyday ailments, some acute and chronic diseases, and also provid health checkups, physicals, inoculations and preventative care.
    General practitioners differ from family practitioners because they are not required to complete an additional residency in family medicine after completing their medical school residency. Like family practitioners, general practitioners will also provide referrals to patients who are in need of a specialist.

  • Pediatrics

    A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the regular care of children, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of illness in children. Young patients are often more complicated to treat because they are still growing and developing.
    While pediatricians may sub-specialize in specific therapy areas like oncology, surgery, ophthalmology, and anesthesiology, in general, pediatricians provide services like vaccinations, health exams, and treatment of common ailments and injuries. In addition, pediatricians are trained to handle the complex emotional and behavioral issues faced by children, especially during puberty.
    Pediatricians normally see their patients from birth until the age of 18, although some may agree to treat patients into their early 20s, if requested.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Health First Family Care Center is affiliated with the following hospitals

  • St Luke's Hospital of New Bedford New Bedford, MA 02740
  • Saint Anne's Hospital Fall River, MA 02721
  • Education

    Affiliated doctors have gone to the following schools

  • University Of The East/Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
  • Saba University School Of Medicine
  • Nearby Group Practices

    Health First Family Care Center is similar to the following 3 Group Pracices near Fall River, MA.

  • Fall River Ambulatory Care

    Group Practice

    Fall River, MA

  • Prima Care

    Group Practice

    Fall River, MA

  • Millview Medical Associates

    Group Practice

    Fall River, MA

Information About Group Practices

What is a Group Practice?

According to The Medical Group Management Association, a group practice is any relationship between three or more physicians who share facilities, expenses, profits and other resources like support staff and equipment. Group practices tend to fall into two categories: those that organize around a particular medical specialty and those that encompass several specialties like East Boston Neighborhood Health that specializes in internal medicine

Why Group Practice?

As medicine became more complex in the twentieth century, the need for group practices made more sense. Physicians found it impossible to know everything about the emerging drugs and technologies on the medical landscape. In addition, the cost of providing a full range of diagnostic services, such as tests and X-rays, in one location became prohibitive to the individual practitioner. Hence, doctors from various disciplines began to team together in order to provide more comprehensive care to their community of patients.

Benefits of Group Practice

As medicine became more complex in the twentieth century, the need for group practices made more sense. Physicians found it impossible to know everything about the emerging drugs and technologies on the medical landscape. In addition, the cost of providing a full range of diagnostic services, such as tests and X-rays, in one location became prohibitive to the individual practitioner. Hence, doctors from various disciplines began to team together in order to provide more comprehensive care to their community of patients.