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.« Back to Glossary Index