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primary care

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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