Primary Health Care Services

The priority services of the Primary Health Care Program are:

Additional optional services may also be provided.

Diagnosis and treatment - Services for common acute and chronic disease that affect the general health of the client. Services include first contact with a client for an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care of varied medical conditions not limited by cause or organ system.  Services must not be limited to only one service (i.e. family planning, breast and cervical cancer screening, or podiatry).

Emergency medical services - Services must be for urgent care for an unexpected health condition requiring immediate attention as determined by the appropriate medical staff, and must be services that can be treated in a primary care clinic or setting.

Family Planning services - Preventive health and medical services that assist an individual in controlling fertility and achieving optimal reproductive and general health. 

Birth control

Most effective

implant , IUD, sterilization (male and female)


pill, patch, ring, shot

Least effective

diaphragm, condoms (male and female), withdrawal, natural family planning, spermicide, sponge, cervical cap


emergency contraceptive pill, abstinence, breastfeeding (lactational amenorrhea method)

For more info visit the Birth Control Information page.

Preventive health services – Medical care that focuses on disease prevention and health maintenance, and may include immunizations, cancer screening services, screenings for chronic conditions, and health screening. 

Health education - Planned learning experiences based on sound theories that provide individuals, groups, and communities the opportunity to increase knowledge and skills needed to make quality health decisions.

Laboratory, x-ray, and other diagnostic services – Technical laboratory and radiological services that are medically necessary and ordered and provided by, or under the direction of, a physician in an office or a facility other than a hospital inpatient setting.

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Last updated August 21, 2015