Study: Better access to primary care curbs Medicaid spending

07/8/2011 | Hill, The

Increasing access to primary care can help states with high Medicaid costs keep spending in check, according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, published in Health Affairs. Patients in high-spending states were more likely to receive more services and procedures than their counterparts in lower-spending states, the study found. Reducing the number of procedures patients need through preventive care could also hold the line on spending, experts say.

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Hill, The