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Does emergency medicine count as primary care?
Emergency Medicine does not count as primary care.
Primary care is a basic level of healthcare that helps to assess, prevent, maintain, and diagnosis illness. It’s a cost-effective way to coordinate care at higher levels, such as through referral to specialists. Primary care can be planned in advance through regularly scheduled check ups and check ins.
Emergency care, however, provides care for patients when a sudden and unexpected event or illness poses a threat in such a way that they can’t wait an extended period of time for an appointment. It’s a more expensive option that focuses on the immediate steps taken to provide healthcare in an emergency.
The nature of emergency care is to respond to an illness already present. One of the biggest reasons that it doesn’t count as primary care is that primary care will focus on preventing illness and promoting good health, which can help avoid emergency care in the long run.
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