Primary Care

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Primary care is the first point of contact that people have with the healthcare system. It refers to the healthcare services that are provided by a person’s primary care provider (PCP), such as a family doctor, internist, or pediatrician. Primary care providers are responsible for coordinating and managing the healthcare of their patients, and they play a central role in promoting health and preventing illness.

Primary care services can include:

  • Prevention and health maintenance, such as routine check-ups and screenings
  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions
  • Referrals to specialists and other healthcare providers as needed
  • Coordination of care with other healthcare providers

Primary care is generally the most cost-effective and convenient way for people to access healthcare services, and it is an important component of most healthcare systems. It is recommended that individuals have a primary care provider who they see regularly for preventive care and to manage any health concerns that may arise.

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