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Primary Care Crisis

What You Need to Know About Primary Care Physicians

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

If you haven't already, you will someday see a primary care doctor (PCP). It's practically unavoidable. The reason for this self-declared truth is that PCPs are the shape shifters of medicine, assuming various roles at different stages of an adult's life and wellbeing.

A Radical Idea to Solve the Primary Care Physician Shortage

Lorie Eber | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lorie Eber

Why not eliminate this anachronistic charade of the general practitioner and use nurse practitioners and physician assistants to fill the gap? This is already happening in rural areas, which sometimes lack even a single primary care physician.

'Inappropriate Use of the ER': An Emergency Physician's Flirtation With the ER

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Policymakers should be aware that even well-informed patients with good access to primary care need the ER. Legislation should aim to increase availability of primary care, but not penalize for use of emergency services.

Primary Care Is in Crisis

Lydia Dugdale, M.D. | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lydia Dugdale, M.D.

The insufferable pace of primary care combined with the erosion of the doctor-patient relationship deters young physicians from entering the field. In my graduating class of 30 or so internal medicine trainees, only two of us chose to go into primary care.

Meet Dr. Hadland and Dr. Vassy

Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc. | Posted 06.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc.

During our primary-care crisis, should the U.S. be using valuable resources to deport Harvard-trained primary-care physicians who want to serve patients and also remain in the same country as their spouses? According to DOMA, it should.

A New Form of Health Care Rationing

Steve Jacob | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Steve Jacob

The new health reform law is expected to create 32 million more insured Americans. However, an insurance card will not mean much to patients without providers to care for them.

A Doctor's Advice: Take Three Questions and Call Me in the Morning

Maggie Kozel, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Maggie Kozel, M.D.

Even health care professionals and policy wonks find it hard to stay ahead of all the ideas and arguments floating around healthcare these days; all the more reason to focus on the fundamentals.

The Primary-Care Shortage: A Crisis In The Making?

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.24.2011 | Healthy Living

Patients living in areas with more primary care physicians have lower death rates and fewer preventable hospitalizations, new research suggests. But a...

What’s The Future Of Primary Care?

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 07.12.2011 | Home
Dr. Cindy Haines

Why, exactly, would a medical student choose to pursue a career in primary care? And why would they choose not to?

Are Primary Care Physicians Going Extinct?

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 07.03.2011 | Home
Dr. Cindy Haines

Fewer medical students are entering general internal medicine these days. This is a huge problem because the numbers of those in need of general medical services are going in the other direction: up, up, up.

Report: California Faces Dire Shortage Of Doctors

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch By Joanna Lin Six out of nine regions in California have a shortage of primary care physicians, and t...

The Case for Caring About Primary Care

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Because primary care providers are the initial contact for patients with a wide array of conditions, we are the proverbial Jack of all trades. But we also think broadly about what may be wrong.

Health Overhaul Likely To Strain Doctor Shortage

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Better beat the crowd and find a doctor. Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and the land...

A Vital Part of Healthcare Reform: Change How We Educate Our Doctors

Dr. John Neustadt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. John Neustadt

Training doctors to uncover and treat the underlying causes of disease could eliminate much of the unnecessary reliance on pharmaceuticals and reduce their devastating, and sometimes deadly, side effects.

Healthcare Reform: Our Great Opportunity to Fix Primary Care Medicine

Dr. John Neustadt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. John Neustadt

I believe that in order to fully fix our healthcare system, we must focus on reforming primary care medicine in this country.

Corporate Profit Continues to Define Health Care Reform & the U.S. Race to the Bottom

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

Doctors and hospitals must maintain costly administrative staffs to deal with the bureaucracy. Inflated administration consumes one-third (31 percent) of Americans' health dollars.