What does primary care mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. primary care(noun)

    the medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere)


  1. primary care(Noun)

    The medical attention that a patient receives upon first contact with a healthcare system; either a general practitioner or the A&E or ER department of a hospital.


  1. Primary care

    Primary care is the health care given by a health care provider. Typically this provider acts as the principal point of consultation for patients within a health care system and coordinates other specialists that the patient may need. Such a professional can be a primary care physician, such as a general practitioner or family physician, or depending on the locality, health system organization, and patient's discretion, they may see a pharmacist, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, a nurse, a clinical officer, or an Ayurvedic or other traditional medicine professional. Depending on the nature of the health condition, patients may then be referred for secondary or tertiary care.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of primary care in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of primary care in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dr. Nabil El Sanadi:

    I would recommend that each one of us get a baseline assessment of our healthcare status by our primary care provider before starting any wellness initiative.

  2. Andrew Sussman:

    In instances where patients do not have a primary care provider — about 50 percent of all visits – MinuteClinic can be a portal of entry into primary care by providing a resource list of primary care physicians in the area who are accepting new patients.

  3. Robert Centor:

    Somebody has to step up, if you’re a primary care physician, it’s incumbent on you to have the discussion with patients before and especially after they get sick about goals. If we don’t know a patient’s goals, they can’t get the best possible care.

  4. David Levine:

    Although virtual urgent care and in-person urgent care have not been compared head-to-head, virtual urgent care has its downsides – indirect physical exam, difficult access to testing, and unclear follow-up, while the quality of care is not perfect anywhere, a patient’s primary care doctor should be a person’s first point of contact.

  5. Linda Aiken:

    If the observed gender gap in nurses' incomes is a product of female nurses being more likely to elect specialties that are in great need like primary care, long-term care, home care, and public health, it would not be in the public's interest to encourage more women to follow in the footsteps of men to elect higher paying specialties or practice settings.

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