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A Technology Prescription For Primary Care’s Ailments

Primary care in America is in crisis. Inaccessibility, shrinking resources and rising costs are causing people across numerous socio-economic groups to weigh the cost of a doctor’s visit against the value of their health. The majority of us have innovative technology literally at our fingertips, making the lack of change in our primary care system all the more frustrating.

The Milliman Medical Index reported that the typical cost of health care for a family of four in 2018 is more than $28,000 per year. For a family that is doing well (i.e., earning the 2016 median income of $90,746 and receiving employer-provided insurance), the cost to the family is just over $12,000. For families earning less, the cost can be crippling.

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