Understanding Your Primary Care Provider

What is a Primary Care Provider and Why is it Important?

A Primary Care Provider (PCP) is a healthcare professional who serves as the first point of contact for patients seeking medical treatment. They provide ongoing, comprehensive care to patients, including preventive care, diagnosis, treatment and management of acute and chronic illnesses, and referral to specialists as needed. A PCP may be a physician, such as a family doctor or general practitioner, or a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. The role of a PCP is to coordinate and manage the patient’s overall healthcare needs and to ensure that all aspects of their care are integrated and coordinated.