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Do I need a primary care doctor?

Written by Diane Archer
You should not underestimate the value of a good primary care doctor. According to the American College of Physicians, having a primary care doctor means better health outcomes at lower cost. Better outcomes mean fewer hospitalizations as well as better management of chronic disease. An emphasis on primary care increases the overall health of patients and leads to lower healthcare costs.

The American College of Physicians report compiled more than 100 studies to show evidence of the benefit of primary care in the healthcare system. According to the report, to improve patient outcomes and decrease overall costs, primary care needs to be supported: there needs to be incentives for physicians to become general practitioners as well as a restructuring of the payment system and a physician-guided model of care.

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