With doctors and hospitals showering attention on frail and chronically ill patients, what changes will the average, healthy person with commercial insurance see in the months and years ahead?
In the short term, they might see their doctors focusing more on prevention and on managing their care so they stay healthy. Next year, depending on what happens when more people get coverage under the federal health care law, healthy people with private insurance might experience longer wait times to see a doctor, receive more primary care from non-doctors and see higher insurance premiums.
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