- medical care by a physician, or other health-care professional, who is the patient's first contact with the health-care system and who may recommend a specialist if necessary.
Origin of primary care
First recorded in 1970–75
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Examples from the Web for primary care
He says the psychiatric resident did ask her to see her primary-care physician.Why House Stenographer Dianne Reidy Snapped
October 17, 2013
With Obamacare on the horizon and a growing shortage of primary-care physicians rising fast, nurses could fill the void.
The work is ceaseless and routine to the point of tedium—and almost half of primary-care physicians are burnt out.
Incredibly, there is much more money flagged for that goal than for easing the critical shortage of primary-care physicians.Health Care's Next Crisis
Dr. Abraham Verghese
March 24, 2009
- The initial medical care given by a health care provider to a patient, especially as part of regular, ambulatory care, and sometimes followed by referral to other medical providers.
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