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Primary Care vs Specialty Care

Editor’s note: When Congress with the recommendations of MedPac, in the mid 1990s, altered the reimbursement methodologies for Medicare. They tilted the payments in favor of specialty care. Now over a decade later, those policies and recommendations have come home to roost. The supply of primary care doctors is waning and in urgent need of increase, particularly if the idea of developing Medical Homes is to enable us, as a country to address the cost of health care.

This is yet another reason why we should go slow with health reform as we don’t truly understand the unintended consequences of change.

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Experts See No Quick Fix for Physician Shortage
Ted Epperly, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, quantifies the disparity: primary care doctors need a 30% pay increase.

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November 11, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , , , ,

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