Primary Care Medicine

Primary Care Medicines are those that satisfy the primary health care needs of the population. They are selected with due regard to public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness. A primary care physician is a specialist in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or Paediatrics who provides definitive care to the undifferentiated patient at the point of first contact, and takes continuing responsibility for providing the patient's comprehensive care. Primary Care Nursing is a system of nursing care delivery which emphasizes continuity of care and responsibility acceptance by having one registered nurse (RN), often teamed with a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and/or nursing assistant (NA), who together provide complete care for a group of patients throughout their stay in a hospital unit or department. Primary Healthcare nurses adopt the definition of health in the Declaration of Alma-Ata that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Physical Therapy Specialists provide primary health care expertise in health promotion, prevention and screening, triaging, and treating various conditions. Primary care providers play an important role in caring for cancer and Metastasis. Capital Intensity in the Nursing Care Facilities industry is low. The industry requires relatively high amounts of labour input and only moderate levels of capital input. For every $1.00 spent on labour, only $0.06 is spent on capital equipment. This figure has remained relatively unchanged over the past five years. Total labour costs represent about 41.9% of industry revenue. Significant levels of personal and nursing care are provided to patients.