Primary care at Scripps Clinic
Scripps Clinic primary care physicians provide comprehensive, compassionate and convenient care throughout San Diego County. Scripps Clinic also offers walk-in, same-day care seven days a week for minor illnesses and injuries at Scripps HealthExpress and three urgent care centers.
When you choose a Scripps Clinic primary care physician, you may also have access to nationally renowned specialty care and award-winning hospitals and programs, ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.
What is primary care?
Primary care physicians focus on preventive medicine and care for a wide range of conditions and diseases. If you need specialized care, your primary care doctor can refer you to a specialist and coordinate your care.
Your relationship with your primary care physician is an important one that can span decades. Your primary care physician is the doctor you will visit for most medical needs, including routine screenings and annual check-ups, as well as non-emergency illnesses, such as ear infections and viruses. Primary care doctors also help manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension.
If you have an HMO or a managed health care plan, your primary care physician will be the doctor who refers you to a specialist, if needed. You will need to choose a primary care physician when you enroll in an HMO or managed health care plan.
Where can I get primary care at Scripps Clinic?
Scripps Clinic offers more care in more places, with primary care offices located throughout San Diego County from North County to South Bay. With multilingual physicians and staff at many locations, Scripps Clinic has the primary care physician who’s right for you. When you choose a Scripps Clinic primary care doctor, you also have access to nationally renowned specialist and hospital care.
From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network includes:
- Hundreds of primary care providers who offer early morning, evening and Saturday hours
- Same-day, walk-in care seven days a week at Scripps HealthExpress
- Three urgent care locations
- Four emergency departments if you need emergency or trauma care
- Award-winning hospitals
- A wide variety of health plans accepted
Why is primary care important?
Choosing a primary care physician is an important first step in managing your health care. Family medicine physicians, internal medicine physicians and pediatricians are all considered primary care physicians, but there are some differences.
- Family medicine physicians care for all ages.
- Internal medicine physicians care for adults only.
- Pediatricians care for infants, children and teens only.
Your primary care physician acts as your personal physician and is usually the first doctor you see for any health problem. As the quarterback for your health care, they help you get and stay healthy and they’ll coordinate any specialty care you might need. If you’re considering an HMO or managed health care plan, you’ll need to choose a primary care physician as part of your enrollment.
How do I find a primary care physician?
To help you choose the best primary care physician for you and your family, check our Doctor Finder. Whether you’re looking for a physician who speaks a certain language or has specific expertise in nutrition, women’s health or sports medicine, our Doctor Finder can help.
The Doctor Finder tool can be used to search for a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant by name, specialty, hospital affiliation, gender, language and practice location. Many of our physicians have videos online to help you get to know them.
How can I get more help?
Our physician referral specialists can be reached at 800-727-4777 Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm for more information about our doctors, services and classes.
Learn more about:
- How to choose a primary care physician
- Health insurance plans that include Scripps doctors and hospitals
- Where to get your flu vaccine
- Walk-in clinics open seven days a week for minor illnesses and injuries
- The difference between an MD and a DO
- Whether you should go to a walk-in clinic, emergency room or urgent care
- Curbside arrival for your next appointment to keep you safe