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Lack of Primary and Preventive Care Sends Thousands to Hospital

By Bernice Yeung, California Watch

(Bastian: Flickr)

(Bastian: Flickr)

Better access to primary health care and prevention programs could have kept thousands of California adults out of hospitals, according to a new statewide analysis.

According to new data released last week by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, there were more than 335,000 adult hospitalizations in California that could have been avoided if the patient had seen a doctor sooner.

According to the state agency, so-called “preventable hospitalizations” are an indication of systemic shortcomings related to access to quality primary care. Continue reading