According to a new report, the number of patients going to doctors’ offices has not increased even though the number of sign-ups during the open enrollment period for the exchanges increased during the first half of 2014. In addition, the number of new patients decreased compared to the same period last year. Experts say this may be due to newly insured patients being unfamiliar with the healthcare system; they may also be seeking care in the emergency room rather than at the doctor’s office. The fact that it may take new consumers more time to shop for a new doctor, schedule appointments, and actually see the doctor may have also contributed to the drop.
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