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Low-income patients prefer hospitals for primary care
Modern Healthcare

Federal healthcare reform efforts have focused on keeping people out of the hospital and getting them into primary-care offices for preventive care and health management. Projects to achieve this include the Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Practice Primary Care Demonstration and the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. But some low-income patients strongly prefer going to the hospital for primary care, and they give some good reasons for this. That’s reason to think reformers may be pushing a rock uphill to try to change patient behavior.

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