Without primary care, less awareness of chronic ills

Reuters – In a new U.S. study, people who said emergency rooms were their usual site of medical care were less likely to know they had chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, than those who got primary care at doctors’ offices or clinics. People who don’t see a primary care doctor, whether because they lack insurance, time or transportation, wait longer to seek treatment for their symptoms and don’t get checked out as often, researchers said. They also miss out on the coordinated care provided by doctors’ offices and clinics, which can track patients’ health over time, follow up on drug prescriptions and provide diet and lifestyle counseling… Read article

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