Group issues report on U.S. primary care status

11/17/2011 | Modern Healthcare (free registration)

Just more than half of nearly 956 million doctor visits in the U.S. in 2008 were to primary care providers, according to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Researchers also found that 52% of nurse practitioners and 43.4% of physician assistants practiced primary care in 2010. However the country's primary care network is suffering from declines in profitability and higher workforce attrition due in part to decreased recruitment of new physicians, nurses and physician assistants, experts said.

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