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Most patients satisfied with primary care, survey says

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 29, 2012

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A majority of patients are satisfied with their primary care physician but are pessimistic about the future of the nation’s health care system, says a survey released Oct. 17 by the Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research and initiatives aimed at helping doctors.

The July survey included more than 2,200 adults. Of those who had visited their primary care physician at least once in the past year, 79% reported being “very satisfied” or “extremely satisfied” with their care. They said their physicians cared about their health and took time to listen and address their concerns (link).

Asked about the future of health care in the U.S., 53% were pessimistic and 22% were optimistic. Respondents cited several factors as contributing to rising health care costs, including insurance and pharmaceutical companies, people’s poor health habits, the cost of medical liability insurance, the government and hospitals.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/10/29/prbf1029.htm.

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