What to expect from your general practitioner (GP) Visit
General practitioners are the first doctors to go to if you have a health problem. They treat common medical conditions, perform routine exams, and make specialist referrals where necessary.
Your general practitioner (GP) is your primary and family doctor. Your type of visit will depend on the types of symptoms that you are having. General medicine, above all, focuses on preventive care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of chronic and acute health conditions.
Appointments last around 20 minutes. During the appointment, your GP will ask you questions about your physical health and answer any concerns you may have about your health. Try to give as much detail as possible regarding how you’re feeling and what your symptoms are. This will help the doctor decide on the best course of action.
Online booking is available! Don't forget to make an appointment to see your GP, and prepare by making notes about your specific concerns.
General medicine services offered at FirstMed Include:
The GP is your first point of contact for non-emergency and preventive medical care during clinic hours.
Typical services provided by our GPs include:
Annual Check-up exams
Preventive care and health education
Basic screenings and blood tests
Management of acute and chronic conditions
Referrals to specialists
Prescriptions and refills
Can't make it to us?
Connect with your doctor from anywhere in the world with 'Virtual Visits!'
While we love seeing you in-person at the clinic, we understand that it’s not always convenient to do so. Telemedicine visits allow us to extend the reach of our services without sacrificing the quality of our care. Getting started is simple and doesn't require any downloads or account creations!
How it works
Request your appointment
You will schedule and prepay for your appointment on this site
Watch for email confirmation
We will email you with the date, time, and instructions of your appointment
Connect with your doctor
At the designated time, open the link attached to your confirmation email
Why a regular doctor's visit is so important
Your GP knows you best and consistently tracks your general health, any medications you're taking or any treatments you're undergoing. They will get to know you better over time and become familiar with your medical history. General practitioners often develop ongoing relationships with their patients, providing continuity of care. This will allow you and your GP to manage your healthcare in the most effective way.
What happens after my GP visit?
If your doctor has prescribed medication, you will need to visit a pharmacy to have your prescription filled. You can ask the doctor any questions you may have about the medication.
A few days later, your GP might want to check how you are getting on with the treatment and if your condition has improved. At that point, you can also arrange a follow-up appointment if you have any problems with the medication or you're not getting better.
If you need specialized treatment, your physicial may refer you to a specialist.
Can I pay for the visit with insurance?
Yes, we accept many type of international private insurances. Please check out our insurance page or call to confirm before your visit!
Will my general practitioner give me a prescription for medication?
Depending on your symptoms and the doctor's conclusion about your condition, your GP may prescribe medication right away or may prescribe further diagnostics through lab testing, diagnostic imaging, or other types of tests. If you have a chronic condition or often experience certain illnesses, be sure to carry your doctor's note and prescription with you to facilitate your provider' accomodating your request.
Can I have a GP or primary care physician visit me at home or in my hotel?
Yes, FirstMed collaborates with Dr. Bob to provide a home visit service for patients who are not well enough to leave home.
Can I use my tessera sanitaria or European health card (EHIC) to pay for the visit?
Unfortunately FirstMed does not have any billing agreements with the Italian (SSN) or European public health systems. As a private medical clinic, all visits are subject to payment. However, for long-term patients paying out of pocket, FirstMed offers a Value Card to give advantageous prices on several types of services. We also have student discounts and accept a wide array of international insurance policies!
Can I use a FirstMed GP as my primary care physician?
Yes, our doctors are happy to follow patients and care for them as their primary providers! Please keep in mind that FirstMed is a private clinic, and does not work with the Italian National Health System (SSN) or accept the tessera sanitaria as a form of payment.
Can the GP give me a certificate for school or work?
Yes, depending on the requirements of your medical certificate, the doctor may ask you to complete other types of tests before signing off on a work or school certificate. If you have a specific form that needs to be filled out, please ssend it prior to the appointment for the doctor's evaluation.
Do you accept walk-in visits?
Yes, we do. It's always better to call ahead when you can, but if you're unable to or in a rush, we can see you for visit. Please keep in mind that you may have a short wait if there are other patients already scheduled.
How long does a visit take?
Generally, visits last about 25 minutes. Depending on your condition, however, the visit can take anywhere from 20-45 minutes.