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A Clinic is a health care center where you receive routine preventative care when you are healthy or visit your Doctor/Primary Care Provider when you are sick.   A clinic is smaller than a hospital where patients are less sick and do not stay overnight.  You should schedule an appointment to visit your doctor at the clinic.  

Some reasons to go to a clinic or Doctor’s office to see your Primary Care Provider/Doctor are:

  • Routine medical appointments 
  • Appointments when you feel sick
  • Immunizations 



Your Doctor /Primary Care Provider will refer you to the Specialist or Hospital.  If it is an Emergency, go directly to the hospital.

You may need to go to a Hospital for some of the following health issues:

  • Emergencies
  • An appointment with a Specialist 
  • Specific medical treatment (Surgery/Operation)
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