Only Slight Increase in Primary Care Visits Expected With ACA

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Only Slight Increase in Primary Care Visits Expected With ACA
Only Slight Increase in Primary Care Visits Expected With ACA

(HealthDay News) — The greater number of Americans with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will lead to only a slight increase in the use of medical services, and the health system can cope with the added demand, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.

Once the law is fully implemented, the expansion in health coverage will lead to a 3.8% increase in visits to primary care doctors nationally, according to the report. Seventeen states will see increases of more than 4%, and seven states increases of more than %.

The 3.8% national increase represents about 70 additional visits a year per primary care doctor, or slightly more than one more visit a week. The rise in primary care visits will have only a slight impact on people's access to care, the researchers said. 

Expansion of health coverage will lead to a 2.2% rise in emergency room visits and a 2.6% increase in outpatient hospital visits. Hospital admissions will rise 3.1% nationally, and nearly every state will see 2.5% increases in prescription drug use/refills.

The report authors noted that their estimates are based on the assumption that all states will eventually expand Medicaid.

Read more about the impact of the ACA on primary care visits.

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