What is a primary care provider?

A primary care provider (PCP) is someone who practices healthcare, seeing patients who have common medical problems, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

A PCP is most often a doctor but also can be a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner, according to the NIH. Types of physicians who are PCP include family practitioners, pediatricians and internists.

This healthcare provider will be your main source of non-emergency care, and according to the NIH, his or her job is to:

  • Decide how urgent your medical problems are
  • Direct you to the best place or specialist for additional care, if needed
  • Identify and treat common medical conditions
  • Provide preventive care
  • Teach healthy lifestyle choices

PCP’s usually see patients in outpatient offices, but might help with your care if you are in a nearby hospital, depending on the situation, according to the NIH.

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