We found 1 family medicine practitioners who accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Multi-State Plans near Temple, TX.

Dr. Janice K Smith, MPH, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1402 West Avenue H
Temple, TX

Dr. Janice Smith is a family practitioner. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Global Health, Women's Health Issues



What is Family Medicine?

Currently in medical care in the United States, there are four main primary care specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and geriatrics. Internal medicine is primary care for adults, pediatrics is primary care for children and infants, and geriatrics is primary care for seniors. Family medicine, the broadest specialty, is primary care for all ages.

A family medicine physician is a medical ‘home base’ for patients. They treat all ages, all sexes, all organs, and all diseases. They can see every member of the family, from birth through old age. This allows family medicine doctors to develop long-term relationships with their patients and to understand how their patients’ role in the family affects their health. They can provide check-ups, immunizations, screening services, gynecological exams and obstetric care, routine health care, and health counseling. When more specialized care is needed, a family medicine doctor can refer their patients to appropriate specialists. They can become educators and advocates for their patients in the sometimes overwhelming health care system.

As health care changes in this country, family medicine is a growing specialty for families and individuals who are seeking more personalized health care and a more personal relationship with their physician.

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