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Study: primary care specialists play critical role

Study: primary care specialists play critical role

Americans made an estimated 890 million physician visits in 2002, and a majority of those visits were to primary care specialists, according to the latest annual report from CDC’s National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, a report of medical care provided in physician’s offices.

Primary care specialists play essential roles in the healthcare system, including counseling and educating patients on appropriate health behaviors, according to the study. During 2002, six out of every 10 physician visits were to primary care specialists.

To read about the study, go to www.cdc.gov/nchs and search on the report name.

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