Primary care investment slowed rising health care costs in R.I.

AS COSTS RISE: A chart showing the total percentage of primary care spending of total health care spending. Actual figures are higher than the state mandate as a result of individual companies' investment beyond regulatory requirements. / COURTESY OHIC
AS COSTS RISE: A chart showing the total percentage of primary care spending of total health care spending. Actual figures are higher than the state mandate as a result of individual companies' investment beyond regulatory requirements. / COURTESY OHIC
PROVIDENCE –  Annual check-ups and acute care for urgent illness don’t keep people healthy long-term, so Rhode Island’s Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner mandated increased local primary care spending between 2010-2014, slowing health care cost increases to 1.6 percent annually, among the lowest in New England. Christopher Koller, R.I. health insurance commissioner from 2005…

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