American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The medical care a patient receives upon first contact with the health care system, before referral elsewhere within the system.
- n. healthcare The medical attention that a patient receives upon first contact with a healthcare system; either a general practitioner or the A&E or ER department of a hospital.
- n. the medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere)
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