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You were a primary care physician to many high-powered and sophisticated physicians and surgeons. For example, you were a primary care physician to Chairman of Surgery Department at this hospital, Dr. Michael Zinner. Why everyone needs an astute and caring primary care physician? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Well, I don’t think the fact that I was a physician to high-powered people. I took care of a lot of academics. I also took care of a lot of people who were sophisticated but who weren’t academics. Dr. Marshall Wolf, MD. The reason you need a primary care doctor is this. You need somebody who cares about you. Dr. Marshall Wolf, MD. The other thing is that data has shown this. When you have more primary care physicians in society, the medical care is better and the cost of healthcare is less. People needed a primary care doctor that they can call when they don’t feel well. I don’t think that has to do with their being sophisticated or unsophisticated. Everybody should have that option. One of the problems in our society, the United States society, is this. A lot of people lack medical insurance. Therefore, they don’t have a primary care physician. They, therefore, go to the emergency ward to get medical care. It is a very expensive and inefficient way of getting medical care. I do think you get better medical care in another way. You should go to a primary care physician who knows who you are. Primary care physician knows you. General practitioner knows that when you appear in the office that you are always coming in to complain about something. And normally nothing is going on. Whereаs your wife, when she comes in and she says, “I am a little worried”. That means she is critically ill. That ability to understand who is the person coming to the office. Ability to know what their background is in terms of their response to illness. That is very important. А good primary care physician supplies that to a patient.