Physician's Care

Published: | Updated: November 11, 2017

Definition - What does Physician's Care mean?

Physician's care refers to healthcare services administered by a physician or a doctor, as opposed to other healthcare providers.

It is also known as doctor's care.

Insuranceopedia explains Physician's Care

For the purposes of health insurance, it is important to distinguish between physician's care from the services provided by other healthcare providers, such as massage therapists, nurse practitioners, and psychiatrists. Some policies will only cover procedures if they are administered by a physician, or offer only limited coverage for non-physician care.

Insurers and specific policies may differ in their definition of a physician or doctor. Medicare, for instance, considers the following healthcare professionals to be doctors:

  • Doctors of Medicine (MDs)
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs)
  • Dentists
  • Podiatrists
  • Optometrists
  • Chiropractors

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