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primary care

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.
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primary-care, adjective Unabridged
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  • But they also emphasize primary care and preventive care, addressing diseases and problems before they become major.
  • What really shines through is the gap between primary care and technology.
  • The uninsured, it's said, use emergency rooms for primary care.
  • Some are diversifying away from primary care to specialist drugs, vaccines, generics or diagnostics.
  • One idea would be to incentivize primary care physicians to get their patients to lose weight.
  • primary care doctors are an endangered breed of physician, a new survey suggests.
  • primary care doctors began prescribing the pills, and use quickly soared.
  • Partly, this has to do with money-incomes in geriatrics and adult primary care are among the lowest in medicine.
  • But that's not what surgeons do, and it's not what hot spotters in primary care do, either.
  • If they were asked, they said that primary care doctors or emergency departments had referred them.
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primary care in Medicine

primary care n.
The medical care a patient receives upon first contact with the health care system, before referral elsewhere within the system.

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