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July 3, 2013

The Convenience Revolution for Treatment of Low-Acuity Conditions

Author Affiliations
  • 1RAND Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2013;310(1):35-36. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6825

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.