As a primary care doctor and internal medicine specialist, Dr. Ben Evans, offers quality and personalized care to men and women throughout the Greater Phoenix Metro area. We use the latest advancements in primary care and preventative strategies to provide the best quality care for you. Through wellness exams, preventative screening tests, medication reviews and encouraging healthy lifestyle habits, we provide you with the optimum level of care.
We take pride in the long-term healthcare relationship we form with our patients. As your primary care providers, we encourage our patients to take an active role in their health and are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
At Vitality Internal Medicine, we are able to provide comprehensive healthcare by offering specialized treatments in addition to primary care services. We offer treatment services for acute illness and injuries, management of chronic medical conditions, men’s testosterone replacement therapy, medical weight loss, opiate addiction treatment, pain management and more.
Common Questions About Primary Care Doctors:
Why choose an internist as your primary care physician (PCP)?
While general practitioners or GPs - also called family doctors - treat individuals of all ages, internists or internal medicine doctors specialize in caring for adults 18 years and older. An internist’s training allows them to treat nearly any medical problem an adult may face. This can range from mild, short-term illnesses to severe chronic conditions. The benefit is a long-term medical relationship that allows your primary care doctor to better understand your health needs and advocate on your behalf.
What does a primary care physician do?
A primary care physician not only treats you when you are sick, but we also help you stay healthy! Through a combination of wellness, health education and preventative services we help you stay in optimum health.
Services that we provide not directly related to treating an illness include:
- Pre-employment, sports or annual Physical examinations
- STD screenings
- Consultations for health concerns of all kinds
- Flu shots
- Assist with healthy lifestyle changes, such as losing weight
- Vision exams
- Health concerns specific to men or women.
For general, non-life threatening symptoms of general illness, your primary care physician is your first stop for care. Symptoms such as headaches, back or abdominal pain, flu symptoms, bacterial infections or flare-ups of ongoing conditions like asthma can be diagnosed and often treated in our office. If needed, we can refer you to a specialist who can diagnose your condition. Then, we can help you manage your condition on an ongoing basis.
As primary care providers, we also provide care for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure and chronic pain. Through ongoing monitoring and medication management, we can help you manage your condition. If you require hospitalization or rehabilitation at any time, we can coordinate those services as well.
Why is it important to have a primary care doctor?
A primary care doctor is your healthcare advocate. With routine visits, we are able to build a robust knowledge of your health history allowing us to catch potential disease early allowing for the best outcome. We can diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, but we also refer patients to specialists and specialty diagnostic tests if needed. If your condition requires ongoing treatment from a variety of different specialists, we monitor and coordinate those services on your behalf. Whether you are receiving care in hospital, in a rehab center or in-home, your primary care physician can coordinate it all to make sure you get the best care possible.
How often should you see your primary care doctor?
If you are in good health, a routine physical exam once a year is ideal to make sure diseases are prevented or identified in their earliest stages. This allows for you and your doctor to deal with them before they develop further or worsen. If you have a chronic disease or other ongoing health issues, you may want to visit your primary care doctor more often.
How much does a primary care doctor visit cost?
All patients are welcome at Vitality Internal Medicine, whether they have insurance or not. We accept Medicare, most commercial insurances such as Cigna, United Health Care, Aetna, Banner, Tricare among others, and even offer affordable cash payment rates. There may be additional charges if tests such as blood tests, urine tests or x-rays are recommended. Any tests that are necessary and may result in additional costs will be discussed with you in advance.