The Collapse of Primary Care

“Medicare will pay tens of thousands of dollars … for a limb amputation on a diabetic patient, but virtually nothing to the primary care physician for keeping the patient’s diabetes under control,” said Bob Doherty, senior vice president for the ACP.

The article doesn’t comment on the fact that many patients end up in the emergency room for primary care visits, even those patients who have a doctor and insurance because doctors schedules are so packed that they have no room left for urgent visits.

When your loved one needs true emergency care for a heart attack, stroke, anaphylactic shock or severe asthma, do you want your emergency physician backlogged with colds and rashes or would you rather have them in the room with the truly emergent patients?

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