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Primary care visits up for routine physicals, depression

HMOs' message of prevention may be hitting home with an increasing number of members. Last year, physicians saw patients for routine medical exams 13 percent more often than in 1997. Visits for depression jumped almost 10 percent. On the flip side, in what may be a manifestation of the success of some disease management programs, visits to physicians for common respiratory ailments saw the greatest decrease, in terms of raw numbers.

SOURCE: PHYSICIAN DRUG & DIAGNOSIS AUDIT, SCOTT-LEVIN, NEWTOWN, PA., 1999

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