More Comprehensive Care Among Family Physicians is Associated with Lower Costs and Fewer Hospitalizations

Submitted on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:27

A study published in the May/June 2015 Annals of Family Medicine suggests that patients whose family physicians provided a wider range of services experienced fewer hospitalizations and incurred lower health care costs. "Patients were 35 percent less likely to end up in a hospital if their family doctor was very comprehensive, compared with a doctor who was minimally comprehensive," says Dr. Robert Phillips, of the American Board of Family Medicine and one of the authors of the study. The researchers also found that doctors who performed a wider range of services reduced overall patient costs by between 10 and 15 percent.

The full article is available here: http://annfammed.org/content/13/3/206.full