Good basic health care is important
Basic health care (also called primary health care) is care provided by a professional who people can visit without the requirement of a referral, such as a general practitioner, dentist, physiotherapist, dietician, midwife or psychologist. A provider of basic health care can refer somebody to specialist health care (also called secondary health care), which is provided by specialists in a hospital, for instance. Good primary health care leads to less hospitalisation for chronic diseases. Continuity in the relationship with the general practitioner and access to basic health care are important requirements to achieve this (RIVM, 2016).
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