Can increased primary care access reduce demand for emergency care? Evidence from England's 7-day GP opening
With an understanding that restricted access to primary care can lead to increased use of expensive (and avoidable) emergency care, the UK has piloted 7-day opening of general practices to improve primary care access. This paper presents an evaluation of the impact of these pilots on patient attendances at hospital Accident & Emergency units. Findings indicate that such attendances reduced by 9.9% as a result of the 7-day GP opening. The authors highlight evidence in support of a causal interpretation of their results and discuss policy implications. [Abstract précis by PHCRIS]
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