Define: "Primary Care Physician"
The physician a member must contact before having access to medical care benefits. The PCP provides basic health care services and serves as a manager of the delivery of all other health care for which benefits may be payable in accordance with the utilization review and quality assurance programs of the plan.
Or: A primary care physician, or PCP, is a physician who provides both the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care of varied medical conditions, not limited by cause, organ system, or diagnosis. A PCP generally does not specialize in the treatment of specific organ systems, such as neurology, cardiology, or pulmonology, nor perform surgery. The term "PCP" is most commonly used in the United States. A primary care physician can be described by training, skill and scope of practice, role in the health care system, and the usual setting in which care is delivered.
OTHER USES -- "If you're thinking about finding a primary-care physician, don't wait until you get sick. The relationship you develop with this health professional can be the key to keeping illness at bay, and it is your best entry point into the rest of the medical system.
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"Primary-care physicians see their patients regularly to keep close tabs on their health and their use of specialty care. By educating you about measures that will keep serious medical problems from occurring in the first place, they practice preventive rather than crisis medicine.
Since primary-care physicians see individuals and perhaps their entire families over an extended period of time, they become familiar with the physical, psychological and lifestyle factors that might impact their patients' health. So in addition to finding out about your medical history, primary-care physicians need to know a great deal about your life. Do you smoke? Are you happy? etc.
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