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.

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Your primary care physician or ob/gyn can examine you and take a sample of your discharge to confirm if there is an infection. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s Why You Should Always Wipe Front-to-Back," 9 Mar. 2019 New York University will open a three-year medical school on Long Island next fall, aimed at increasing the number of primary care physicians in the region. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "NYU to Open New Medical School on Long Island," 19 Feb. 2019 They will be selected based in part on their commitment to training and practicing as primary care clinicians in the New York metropolitan area, and will receive full-tuition scholarships to pursue those careers... Melissa Korn, WSJ, "NYU to Open New Medical School on Long Island," 19 Feb. 2019 States that expanded Medicaid tend to see their populations having greater access to a wide array of health care services, from primary care to substance abuse treatment to surgery. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah vote to expand Medicaid," 7 Nov. 2018 Universal primary care is also on her to-do list, as are paid family and medical leave, raising the minimum wage, and improving the public education system. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 In the mid-20th century, China had universal health care with a robust primary care system. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Planned Parenthood boss wanted doctors to reveal their funding and views on abortion -- despite doing neither," 18 Sep. 2018 The $70 million first phase, with 80,000 square feet, will house primary care offices, the women's clinic, a Walgreens pharmacy and a coffee shop serving Roasterie products. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Patient demand drives $70 million expansion on Hospital Hill," 11 July 2018 In rare cases, it has been allowed in primary care offices. Michael Botticelli, STAT, "It’s time for methadone to be prescribed as part of primary care," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of primary care

1967, in the meaning defined above

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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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