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Projecting Demand for the Services of Primary Care Doctors: Working Paper 2017-03


  • Congressional Budget Office


Policymakers and other observers have raised concerns that demand for primary care services will exceed supply, which could adversely affect people’s health and might also increase total spending on health care. Defining demand as the amount of primary care that people received, we estimate that the general U.S. population demanded about $70 billion worth of services from primary care doctors in 2013. After being adjusted for general price inflation, that represents a 15.5 percent increase since 2003—when demand totaled about $61 billion (in 2013 dollars). We defined demand

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  • Congressional Budget Office, 2017. "Projecting Demand for the Services of Primary Care Doctors: Working Paper 2017-03," Working Papers 52748, Congressional Budget Office.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbo:wpaper:52748

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    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts

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