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A patient who has the responsibility for paying charges for hospital accommodation and health services.
A patient whose care is entrusted to one physician, who usually has had a long-term relationship with the patient, and who is often directly reimbursed for his or her services by a third party payer or by the patient him- or herself.
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private patientA Pt whose care is entrusted to one physician, who usually has had a long-term relationship with the Pt, and who is often directly reimbursed for his services by a 'third party' payer or by the Pt. Cf Personal physician.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A patient whose care is the responsibility of one identifiable health care professional, usually a physician or dentist. The health care professional is paid directly, either by the patient or by the patient's insurer.
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