Primary Care Physician (PCP)

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Primary Care Physician (PCP)


A primary care physician directly provides or coordinates a range of health care services for a patient.

A primary care physician (PCP)  has traditionally been a Medical Doctor (MD) but more often these days you will find a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) filling this role.

Most HMO health plans and some POS health plans require you to select a PCP.

♦ HMO plans use primary care doctors as a form of gatekeeper.  Requiring a PCP referral to see a specialist.

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