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Where should I get medical care if I don't have a doctor?

“It’s important for patients to establish a relationship with a primary-care physician so that they can go to their physician for emergency or urgent medical problems, as well as for preventive care that may be able to head off some of these acute problems,” says Bernard J. Katz, M.D., of UCLA Health-Santa Monica Bay Physicians. It is recommended that patients who do not have a primary-care physician utilize urgent-care centers when possible and reserve the emergency department (ED) for truly severe or life-threatening problems, Dr. Katz says.

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