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Glossary


PHYSICIAN
A person who has completed studies in medicine at the university level (granted by adequate diploma) and who are licensed to practise. To be legally licensed for the independent practice of medicine, (s)he must, in most cases, undergo additional postgraduate training in a hospital. They may be either salaried or self-employed physicians delivering services irrespectively of the place of service provision. Services provided by physicians include: conducting medical examination and making diagnosis, prescribing medication and giving treatment for diagnosed illnesses, disorders or injuries, giving specialised medical or surgical treatment for particular types of illnesses, disorders or injuries, giving advice on and applying preventive medicine methods and treatments. [Source: EUROSTAT. Definitions and data collection specifications on health care statistics (non-expenditure data)]
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