Overall, 9.1 percent of individuals in the United States were uninsured in 2017, which was not significantly different from the level in 2016.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) sent a letter to Capitol Hill this week, urging the new Republican-controlled Congress to refrain from repealing the Affordable Care Act.
Low back and neck pain were among the top medical conditions associated with high personal spending.
The ACA is likely to be partially or fully repealed, though it is uncertain how physician practices and the benefits of the 20 million newly-insured will be affected.
Physicians must be able to balance provision of good clinical care with ability to limit costs.
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