We analyze data from a long-standing tiered cost-sharing system for primary care gatekeeper clinics. We find that when choosing a primary care clinic, consumers are responsive to the clinic's tier.
Sep 9, 2021
Primary care providers are often the first point of contact for patients attempting to navigate a complex health care delivery system and seeking referrals to specialists. RAND has explored the increasing use of emergency departments as a primary care setting, the influence of primary care on health care spending, shared decisionmaking between patients and primary care providers, the emergence of retail health clinics, and more.