When it comes to health care, most American patients are happy with their primary care doctor, but their satisfaction stops there.

Roughly 80 percent of consumers who visited their family doctor or primary care physician at least once in the past year said they were "very" or "extremely" satisfied with the visits, according to a new consumer survey by The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

They cited factors related to personalized care, time spent with their doctors and empathy as the main reasons for their overall satisfaction. Physicians also expressed the critical importance of the physician-patient relationship, with 80 percent of physicians indicating that the patient relationships are the number one most satisfying aspect of practicing medicine, according to a separate study of nearly 14,000 U.S. physicians the foundation released last month.

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