Exactly one month ago, Bob wrote:
"Patients are finding it increasingly difficult to find a PCP (primary care provider). There are many reasons but most revolve around economics...All of this is occurring while demand for PCP services is increasing."
And in today's McPaper, New Hampshire PCP Kevin Pho (aka medblog biggie KevinMD) writes:
"We need to address the fundamental issue at the root of our problems: the primary care shortage...Contrary to popular belief, the more physicians taking care of you does not guarantee better care."
Mazel Tov to Kevin for making USA Today's op-ed page!
Kevin makes some cogent and persuasive argumements about why this needs to be addressed, as well as suggestions on how to do so, but I'll give Bob the last word here:
"We don't see clinics totally replacing the need for a fully staffed PCP but their business model seems to be a hit."