TheNew England Journal of Medicine has published a video roundtable on the crisis in primary care, and six experts weigh in with their own perspectives.
The good news is that primary care has gained attention as a critical issue for healthcare, standing almost together with cost. The problem? Bringing more people under the wing of health insurance unleashes pent up demand. Some of it will settle down, as care that has been delayed or postponed is now sought out. Some of the increased demand will remain, as there is a correlation between insurance coverage and seeking care. Which, of course, is the point of covering everyone.
Regardless of the healthcare insurance legislation that is ultimately enacted by Congress, all physician practices face the same challenge – how to restructure and operate in a way that serves patient’s needs, relieves some of the stress on physicians, and delivers a “reasonable” profit.
These discussions are a good starting point for phsyicians and managers.