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.


primary-care, adjective Unabridged
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Part of Speech:  n
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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
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.
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