The term of “General Practitioner” is used to describe a family doctor who does not specialize in any one form of medicine, but sees patients for all kinds of injuries and diseases. He or she does not limit the areas of the medical practice to certain diseases, for example.
When there is a general practitioner practicing in a given community, the people who reside there have the confidence that if something goes wrong with their health or if they suffer from an accident of some kind, there will be someone available to help them during their time of need.
The general practitioner doctor is essentially the primary care doctor for many communities, as they may be the only doctor around for miles. This is a real blessing for many smaller communities, and one GP may be the primary care doctor for several smaller communities in an area.
A medical practitioner such as this will treat everything from broken limbs to skin rashes, sick children, influenza, workplace accidents, auto accidents and general illnesses. It is this availability to handle all comers and all maladies that accost people with illness and accident, that gives the people in an area the comfort of knowing that there is available medical care nearby.
There is currently a shortage of qualified general practitioners in many areas, due to the high expense of setting up and running such a practice. The most efficient method of running a general practitioner practice is to work in teams of two or three doctors with up to a dozen or so qualified nurses and office personnel.
Unfortunately, these conditions are not always feasible, especially in more rural areas. The advent of more government regulations on doctors through the Affordable Care Act has also had an effect on the medical profession as a whole, primarily due to the additional costs and burden of keeping such meticulous records on patients.
Nevertheless, for some doctors, being the only caregiver in a geographical area is a boon to a new doctor, and a boon to a community. Many smaller communities are pulling together to help new doctors come to their communities. Methods of offering financial help to get a medical practice started are more common, as communities thrive when there is medical assistance in the form of a general practitioner in town. It provides a great deal of certainty to a community when a doctor is in the house, and that will always be true.