In health care circles, primary care is akin to mom and apple pie. Everyone says they love it. And rightly so; there is a mountain of scientific evidence proving its virtues. Research shows that people who receive primary care are significantly more likely to get preventive care like cancer screenings, flu shots, and counseling related to eating well, exercising, and quitting smoking. Patients with better access to primary care exhibit better health outcomes and management of chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma. …

David Sandman

David Sandman, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the New York State Health Foundation. www.nyshealth.org www.twitter.com/DavidSandman1

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