A doctor who manages a person's health care over time. A primary care doctor is able to give a wide range of care, including prevention and treatment, can discuss cancer treatment choices, and can refer a patient to a specialist.
A medical doctor who manages patients' general health. Many health care insurance plans require their members to get referrals from their primary care doctors before seeing a specialist such as an orthopedist.
a doctor who helps people with general health care, and is most often the first doctor a patient sees
Usually the first contact for health care, often a family physician or internist; the PCP monitors an individual's health and treats minor health problems, and refers out to specialists if further care is needed.
This is often a family physician, but sometimes not. Basically, a primary care doctor diagnoses and treats minor health problems, and refers you to specialists if an additional level of treatment is needed and required.
A doctor who serves as a group memberâ€™s first contact with a managed care companyâ€™s health care system. A PCP usually falls into one of three types of practices: family/general practice; internal medicine; or pediatrics. Not all types of health plans require members to choose a PCP, but many experts agree that it is wise to have one doctor who is responsible for coordinating all care, especially for patients who have complex conditions.
This is often a family physician. A primary care doctor diagnoses and treats basic health problems, and refers you to specialists if a higher level of treatment is needed.
A doctor who is trained to give you basic care. Your primary care doctor is the doctor you see first for most health problems. He or she also may talk with other doctors and health care providers about your care and refer you to them. In many managed care plans, you must see your primary care doctor before you see any other health care provider.
A general internist or family physician who provides patients' with routine preventive healthcare and is their first contact when medical problems arise.
A doctor who usually manages a patient's health care. Many insurance providers require that a patient see a primary care physician before they can see any specialist (including a surgeon, oncologist, radiation oncologist, or physical therapist).
A doctor that provides basic care and acts as an individualâ€™s first point of contact when seeking health services. In many Medicare Managed Care Plans (Medicare HMOs), an individual must see their primary care doctor before going to a specialist.
Usually your first contact for health care. This is often a family physician or internist, but some women use their gynecologist. A primary care doctor monitors your health and diagnoses and treats minor health problems, and refers you to specialists if another level of care is needed.