Table 2.

Reasons for Changing Primary Care Physician by Duration of Relationship

ReasonDuration of Relationship
≥10 years379 (47%)5 to 9 years 115 (14%)<5 years305 (38%)Year 1*114 (14%)
Insurance/cost issues10%17%32%44%
Patient moved17%23%9%3%
Doctor left/died/retired62%38%25%40%
Distance to doctor/hospital3%2%6%0%
Dissatisfied with doctor4%15%16%5%
Family/friend/doctor recommendation2%2%2%2%
Problems with staff0%2%1%0%
  • * Patients who changed physicians during the first year of the study. (These same patients are included in one of the other columns as well.)