Top 10 Reasons Why Patients Come to Primary Care

What brings patients to your office-and not the specialty office down the street? Insights in this slideshow.

Why do patients visit primary care offices? For which conditions are they more likely to visit a surgical or medical specialty office-or a hospital outpatient or emergency department?The CDC’s FastStats on Ambulatory Care Use and Physician Office Visits provides lots of answers in “Selected patient and provider characteristics for ambulatory care visits to physician offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments: United States, 2009-2010.”The slides that follow offer a closer look at the primary problems that bring patients to your office.