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Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Healthcare

The key difference between primary secondary and tertiary healthcare is that while the primary healthcare mainly involves in preventive health, the main concern of the other two, Secondary and Tertiary Healthcare sectors is the curative management of diseases.      

The structure of the healthcare system of a country is of utmost importance. The global standards require a healthcare system to have three tiers as primary secondary and tertiary healthcare. Primary healthcare is the first tier of the healthcare services that first comes into contact with a patient. The patients identified to be having any abnormalities by the primary healthcare services are then referred to the secondary healthcare services for curative management. When the patient management requires more advanced facilities and expertise, they are referred to the tertiary centers.