What is wrong with American medicine?
How did it get this way?
What went wrong?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Demise of Primary Care
David Norenberg has written a brillant article on the causes of the demise of primary care. He proposes one of the best solutions by suggesting that Medicare pay salaries to primary care physicians and thereby allow them to practice medicine as it should be practiced - free of the intrusions of managed care. See his article at www.annals.org in the May 19th issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine Vol 150. p 725, 2009.
In a subsequent posting, I will trace the great harm and added expense that the demise of primary care has brought to the American public.
I am a physician and teacher and writer. I have become increasingly embarrassed by the excesses and errors of the current medical scene. This blog, I hope, will attract others to share observations about what went wrong with our profession.