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von Hulabonga, 2014-05-08, 22:18  like dislike  Spam?  92.29.227....
Sorry, one more question, what is a GP (a "general practitioner") in America? Just your "regular doctor"?

von Wenz (DE), Last modified: 2014-05-08, 22:51  like dislike  Spam?  
 #754611 GP
Merriam-Webster Unabridged:
= a physician or veterinarian whose practice is not limited to a specialty
GP  #754612
von Hulabonga, 2014-05-08, 22:59  like dislike  Spam?  92.29.227....
Sorry, I know what a GP is, I live in the UK. My question was: What do they call the equivalent in America. When British people say "GP", what do Americans say.

Maybe my question is too strange. Maybe they just say "doctor", that's all. Or "regular doctor", that's what I heard today.

In Germany they say "Hausarzt". And there is a special word in Czech, too, to point out the doctor you always go to and who has known you for a while...
Cf. Wikipedia(EN): General_practitioner  #754615
von rabend (DE/FR), Last modified: 2014-05-09, 00:03  like dislike  Spam?  
Many licensed family medical practitioners in the United States after this change began to use the term "general practitioner" to refer to those practitioners who previously did not complete a family medicine residency. Family physicians (after completing medical school) must then complete three to four years of additional residency in family medicine. [...]
The existing general practitioners in the 1970s were given the choice to be grandfathered into the newly created specialty of Family Practice. As well, the American Academy of General Practice changed its name to the American Academy of Family Physicians

Wikipedia(EN): Doctor_of_Medicine
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.[...]) is a terminal degree for physicians and surgeons. [...] In other countries, such as India, Ireland, and the United Kingdom; M.D. is a research degree which is equivalent to a Ph.D. In Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, and many British Commonwealth nations, the medical degree is instead the MBBS (MB BCh BAO, MBChB, MBBChir, BMBCh, MBBCh, BMBS, BMed, BM, etc.) and M.D. is a higher level of attainment.
LINK  #754621
von Proteus-, 2014-05-09, 00:58  like dislike  Spam?  62.116.59...
British       -         -         -          -           -         Canadian     -         -        -        -      US

general practitioner, doctor, GP - - - doctor, GP, general practitioner, physician - - - doctor, physician
Oddly enough, the spacing worked ...  #754622
von Proteus-, 2014-05-09, 00:59  like dislike  Spam?  62.116.59...
von uffie (GH/KI), 2014-05-09, 02:19  like dislike  Spam?  
primary care physician  #754626
von Lisa4dict loggedout, 2014-05-09, 03:20  like dislike  Spam?  99.11.162....

Our health care system is under reconstruction, so any information is only applicable for this point in time.  
Family physicians and general practitioner are still used.  But these days they do have a slight ring of "Marcus Welby" (TV doctor in the sixties and seventies)
At some point between then and now, doctors did the math and came up with the fact that specializing in a field (usually internal medicine) would allow them to bill insurance companies for their hours at specialist rates.  Those of course are higher.  So, these days your primary care doctor is likely certified as a specialist in some field.  In about the same time-frame home visits became a thing of the past. Patients were expected to make it to the doctor's office or contact emergency services.  While in Welby's time doctors still had their own practice, the trend in more populated areas went rather rapidly from group practices to corporate medicine with employed physicians.  Most of the grunt-work is done by RNs and you'll be billed a handsome fee for the physician looking at your chart and reciting some standard advice.  
Another recent trend is "concierge medicine."  Your concierge doctor gets an annual retainer or a monthly fee.  For that he will actually do home and hospital visits, take time to talk to patients and keep reasonable track of who their patients are an what their medical history is.
GP  #754761
von Hulabonga, 2014-05-10, 00:16  like dislike  Spam?  84.13.16....
Thanks, all of you! Incidentally, just have such a silly "Nickname" cause all the "normal" names were "already taken"

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