A doctor who manages a person's health care over time. A primary care doctor is able to give a wide range of care, including prevention and treatment, can discuss cancer treatment choices, and can refer a patient to a specialist.
A medical doctor who manages patients' general health. Many health care insurance plans require their members to get referrals from their primary care doctors before seeing a specialist such as an orthopedist.
a doctor who helps people with general health care, and is most often the first doctor a patient sees