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(HELTH-kayr proh-VY-der) is a licensed person or organization that provides healthcare services.


Types of healthcare providers

The term healthcare provider is a broad term that encompasses a wide variety of providers including physicians, both primary care doctors and specialist physicians, as well as other healthcare providers such as physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and others involved in the care of a patient.

Primary care providers

Primary Care Providers: the primary care providers or PCP's address most basic health issues and refer to other specialists and providers as needed. They’ll work with you to get your recommended screenings, help you manage chronic conditions, and refer you to other types of providers if you need them. Your primary care provider may be called a family physician or doctor, internist, general practitioner, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. Your child or teenager’s provider may be called a pediatrician.

Life in Her Hands (1951), doctor, sister, nurse and patient
Life in Her Hands (1951), doctor, sister, nurse and patient

Specialist providers

Specialists: provide certain services or to treat specific conditions. Specialists include cardiologists, oncologists, psychologists, allergists, podiatrists, and orthopedists. Based on the type of health insurance you have, you may need a referral from your primary care provider before you go to a specialist in order for your health plan to pay for your visit.

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