Where Americans get acute care: increasingly, it's not at their doctor's office.

@article{Pitts2010WhereAG,
  title={Where Americans get acute care: increasingly, it's not at their doctor's office.},
  author={Stephen R Pitts and Emily R Carrier and Eugene C. Rich and Arthur L. Kellermann},
  journal={Health affairs},
  year={2010},
  volume={29 9},
  pages={1620-9}
}
Historically, general practitioners provided first-contact care in the United States. Today, however, only 42 percent of the 354 million annual visits for acute care--treatment for newly arising health problems--are made to patients' personal physicians. The rest are made to emergency departments (28 percent), specialists (20 percent), or outpatient departments (7 percent). Although fewer than 5 percent of doctors are emergency physicians, they handle a quarter of all acute care encounters and… CONTINUE READING

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