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Healthcare Terminology


Unless you’re a doctor, healthcare terminology can be confusing. It’s important to understand the terms so that we can properly ask for and receive the care that we need. In this video, we define the most common healthcare words you may hear.

For starters, your regular doctor or nurse is called your Primary Care Provider, or PCP. He or she provides your day-to-day healthcare and is available to treat you when you’re sick.

There are two types of care: outpatient and inpatient. Outpatient care means you can go home after receiving treatment and inpatient care means you have to stay overnight until you recover.

If a more focused medical plan is needed, a specialist may be requested. A specialist is someone who is an expert in one area of healthcare, and they may be able to provide a more detailed explanation, solutions, and treatment. To see a specialist, your doctor may give you a referral, which is an order to see another doctor for help.

These are some of the most common terms we may hear. Remember, if you don’t know or understand, ask. Good health is one of life’s most valuable assets. Make yours a priority today.

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