primary care

noun

Definition of primary care

: health care provided by a medical professional (such as a general practitioner, pediatrician, or nurse) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist often used before another noun a primary care physician

called also primary health care

— compare secondary care, tertiary care

Examples of primary care in a Sentence

He provides primary care to inner-city patients.
Recent Examples on the Web Be referred by a primary care provider or inpatient provider at discharge. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Medicine opens clinics for adults, kids with long-haul COVID-19 problems," 3 May 2021 To start looking for a vaccine appointment, try checking with your state's health department, local pharmacies, or your primary care provider. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "All Adults in the U.S. Are Now Eligible to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine," 19 Apr. 2021 The only way for rural Americans to receive treatment is to either drive for hours or visit a primary care provider who doesn’t specialize in mental health. Forbes, "How 5G Will Bring High-Speed Internet To Underserved Communities," 9 Apr. 2021 Anyone in the state can also receive an antibody test through their primary care provider. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "CVS to offer COVID-19 antibody testing in all Mass. MinuteClinic locations," 16 Mar. 2021 The Saint Clare Medical Outreach Van aims to provide primary care services to residents of underserved communities who are uninsured or reluctant to visit health care providers amid the pandemic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Jill Biden, Gay Men’s Chorus, eel fishery: News from around our 50 states," 23 Apr. 2021 What should people who don't have a primary care physician do? Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's chronic problem with lead: Dr. Veneshia McKinney-Whitson explains what parents can do to keep kids safe," 21 Apr. 2021 Brown said access to primary care services in Anchorage is low per capita compared to other cities nationally. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Providence refurbishing old REI space in Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood to open primary and urgent care clinic," 18 Apr. 2021 That is a concern for Dr. Carolyn Salter, a primary care physician who runs the Sycamore Medical Clinic in Palestine, Texas. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Johnson & Johnson pause makes it harder to vaccinate reluctant, hard-to-reach patients," 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of primary care

1967, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2021

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“Primary care.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primary%20care. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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primary care

noun

English Language Learners Definition of primary care

: medical care from the doctor who sees a patient first and provides basic treatment or decides that the patient should see another doctor

primary care

noun

Medical Definition of primary care

: health care provided by a medical professional (as a general practitioner or a pediatrician) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist for further treatment often used attributively primary care physiciansprimary care practiceprimary care medicine

called also primary health care

— compare secondary care, tertiary care

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