Inequities in access to primary care among opioid recipients in Ontario, Canada: A population-based cohort study

Primary care is an integral part of healthcare systems across the world, however, 1 in 6 North Americans do not have regular access to a primary care provider. In particular, opioid recipients in Ontario, including those receiving treatment for opioid use disorder and chronic pain, have reported ongoing challenges in securing primary care.

This study compares the rate of securing a new primary care provider among people with varying histories of opioid use who recently lost their primary care physician, and the rate of all-cause emergency department visits and healthcare encounters for opioid-related overdose during the period of provider loss.

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