secondary care


Definition of secondary care

: medical care provided by a specialist or facility upon referral by a primary care physician — compare primary care, tertiary care

Examples of secondary care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The need right now is to address primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "The MBBS has lost its relevance in India, says the man behind the world’s cheapest hospital," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of secondary care

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Secondary care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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Medical Definition of secondary care

: medical care that is provided by a specialist or facility upon referral by a primary care physician and that requires more specialized knowledge, skill, or equipment than the primary care physician can provide — compare primary care, tertiary care

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