The largest declines in primary care visits were among young adults, people who didn’t have chronic conditions and residents of low-income areas.

With the cost of health care still rising and no end in sight, it’s hardly surprising that fewer people are seeking care from primary care physicians, despite the beneficial effect such visits can have on their health.

But cost is keeping people away from the doctor, even if they’re insured, unless they need a specialist’s care.

Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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