Patients with primary care doctors receive more high-value healthcare, study finds
The U.S. healthcare system is generally centered around hospitals and specialty care. But the value of primary care has remained somewhat unclear, in part due to limited research.
A new Northwestern Medicine study directly compared the quality and experience of outpatient care between adults with or without primary care.
It found that Americans with primary care received significantly more high-value healthcare -- such as recommended cancer screenings and flu shots -- and reported better patient experience and overall healthcare access, compared to those who don't have a primary care physician.