Primary care is the first point of contact a person has with the health system – the point where people receive care for most of their everyday health needs.
Primary care is typically provided by Family Physicians, in conjunction with a team of nurses, dietitians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, therapists and others. Family Physicians are often the first place patients seek appointments for their primary care needs.
Primary care includes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of various health conditions. It also includes referrals to specialists and diagnostic services such as laboratory tests or X-rays, and referrals to Alberta Health Services such as home care, immunization programs, hospital care and long-term care.