A primary care provider (PCP) is a health care practitioner who sees people that have common medical problems. This person is usually a doctor, but may be a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner. Your PCP is often involved in your care for a long time, so it is important to select someone with whom you will work well.
When you need prompt medical care but don’t need to go to the Emergency Room, consider going to an Urgent Care facility. Urgent care is a category of walk-in clinic focused on the delivery of ambulatory care in a dedicated medical facility outside of a traditional emergency room. Urgent care centers primarily treat injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an ER visit.
Specialty care is health care focused on improving the well being of certain specialized categories of health, as opposed to general and overall health and well-being.
Your primary care provider may refer you to professionals in various specialties when necessary.
In a true emergency always dial 911