Does continuity of care matter in a health care system that lacks referral arrangements?

@article{Cheng2011DoesCO,
  title={Does continuity of care matter in a health care system that lacks referral arrangements?},
  author={S H Cheng and Yen-Fei Hou and Chi-Chen Chen},
  journal={Health policy and planning},
  year={2011},
  volume={26 2},
  pages={157-62}
}
INTRODUCTION Numerous studies have suggested that better continuity of care (COC) can lead to fewer emergency department (ED) visits and fewer hospital admissions. However, these studies were conducted in countries where patients have their own family physician or in countries with referral systems. This study aimed to determine whether the association between lower COC and increased health care utilization may be apparent in a health care system that lacks a family physician or a referral… CONTINUE READING
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