primary care

primary care
noun Date: 1970 health care provided by a medical professional (as a general practitioner, pediatrician, or nurse) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist — often used attributively <
a primary care physician
— called also primary health care — compare secondary care, tertiary care

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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