The shortage of primary care physicians means more patients are not getting needed care or are using hospital emergency departments for non-emergency visits, according to a report issued by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. The report said primary care leads to better patient outcomes, reduces disparities and spending and "is intended to be, and should be, the foundation of the U.S. health care system."

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