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primary care

n.
The initial medical care given to an outpatient by a general health care provider, especially a family physician, internist, or pediatrician, usually as part of regular, nonemergency care, and sometimes followed by referral to other medical providers.
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Noun1.primary care - the medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere)
medical aid, medical care - professional treatment for illness or injury
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pri·mar·y care

n. atención inicial del paciente.
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Managed care type providers claim that they can save employers' premium dollars by more closely controlling medical costs through selected provider networks and "gatekeeper physicians." These "gatekeeper physicians" are primarily family doctors who make decisions regarding the necessity of treatments of their patients.
"Unnecessary tests" have been cut out by the primary gatekeeper physicians. Of course, those who were allowed to have that one test that saved their life would never say it was "unnecessary." Opponents believe that the physicians, and not an undereducated adjuster or some practice parameter manual, should decide what tests or treatments are appropriate.
A study was undertaken to examine how selected patterns of use were changed when Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled with primary care gatekeeper physicians. Change in physician utilization is the principal focus given the central role physicians play in the delivery system.