There’s a wide variation among different parts of the country on how many Medicare beneficiaries see a primary care clinician at least once a year. In Florence, S.C., nearly 88 percent of those elderly had an annual visit, while in the Bronx, N.Y. only 60.2 percent did. The national average was 77.6 percent. Dartmouth researchers found that having an annual visit did not necessarily mean a Medicare recipient would end up in better health. A breakdown of the rates of visits and hospitalizations for each region of the country—including for blacks and whites — can be found on this chart.
Researchers Say Access To Primary Care Doesn’t Always Guarantee Better Health