Primary Care Provider:
A healthcare practitioner who sees people that have common medical problems.
A PCP is your main healthcare provider in non-emergency situations. Your PCP’s role is to:
- Provide preventive care and teach healthy lifestyle choices
- Identify and treat common medical conditions
- Assess the urgency of your medical problems and direct you to the best place for that care
- Make referrals to medical specialists when necessary
(“Choosing a Primary Care Provider: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.” U.S. National Library of Medicine.
, U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 14 July 2014.)