What does a Primary Care Physician do?

Primary care physicians are a patient's regular family doctor. They develop long-term relationships with their patients through routine checkups and visits, and serve as the first medical professional the patient will visit if they have medical concerns that go beyond the normal routine checkups.

Primary care physicians examine patients and take their medical history, updating their charts as needed. They counsel patients on health-related issues including daily activities, diet, hygiene-related concerns or issues, and prevention measures. They address patient concerns or answer questions patients may have about their health and well-being, and they assess and treat conditions that occur in a patient's everyday life. They prescribe medication and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests for their patients and diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment for various problems that affect internal organ systems. Primary care physicians also refer patients to specialists when applicable and need a degree in medicine, 3-4 years of medical residency, a license to practice medicine and certification in family medicine where applicable.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
13%
2 - 4
36%
5 - 7
5%
8+
46%

Common Skill Sets

English Language
Diagnosis
Treating
Bilingual
Written Communication
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Spanish Language
Leadership

Primary Care Physician Seniority Levels

L2
Primary Care Physician
A$74,503/yr
L4
L7
Director of Medical
No Salary Reports
Pediatrician
3% made the transition
Cardiologist
7% made the transition
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Primary Care Physician Salaries

Average Base Pay

A$31 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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A$29
Median: A$31
A$38
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