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Approximately 50 million times annually, patients visit physicians for low-acuity conditions such as bronchitis and urinary tract infections.1 Many more would likely visit their primary care physician if there were shorter appointment delays at primary care offices—but such delays will likely worsen with the Affordable Care Act as millions of patients gain insurance and seek primary care.
Mehrotra A. The Convenience Revolution for Treatment of Low-Acuity Conditions. JAMA. 2013;310(1):35-36. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6825