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Comment & Response
Health Care Reform
March 2015

Access to Primary Care in England

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, England
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(3):467. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7853

To the Editor As in the United States, the availability of primary care appointments is prominent in current policy discourse in England. The United Kingdom government recently announced that approximately 14% of primary care practices in England, serving a population of 7.5 million, will begin to offer appointments from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.1 This intervention has arisen owing in part to the perception that appointment availability is insufficient and could result in greater utilization of emergency departments.