Health care providers have the tech to replace ineffective, wasteful checkups.
Patients and physicians are fed up with the 15-minute appointment. Using narrative medicine, Rita Charon is teaching a generation of health care providers to listen better — with the help of literature.
The largest U.S. drugstore chain by stores is pairing with primary-care provider VillageMD to open 500 to 700 clinics at Walgreens sites across the country over the next five years.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, more doctors are turning to telemedicine. That's a problem for tens of millions on the wrong side of the digital divide.
There is an insidious misunderstanding of primary care. Most people, including all too many physicians and medical school faculty, think of primary care as treating only the “simple stuff.” That explains in part why they are prone to tell aspiring medical students that they are “too good for primary care.”
The U.S. has a shortage of family physicians, but many med students avoid the specialty, stigmatizing it as uninteresting.
Investment in primary care is especially important right now. Fewer and fewer medical students are choosing the field, even as an aging population requires more and more primary care. Students who do enter the field experience high rates of depression, burnout, and early exodus.
While the majority of doctors in the US have MDs (Medical Degree), others have DO degrees (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree). Here, the similarities and differences between an MD and DO—and which one is best for you.
Don't require an undergraduate degree before medical school. We're currently asking people to go into a relatively lower-paying field after accumulating a minimum of eight years of educational debt and three years of rapidly growing interest during residency training for family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics—why? Virtually no other country in the world outside of the U.S. requires an undergraduate degree to enter medical school, yet they are still quite capable of producing excellent physicians.
Primary care is not a panacea, of course. Sometimes you really do need a brain surgeon to save your life. But more and more high-performing health care networks are noticing the benefits and reorganizing care delivery...
Nations with strong primary care systems enjoy better health, and spend less money, than those that do not. Although American spends more on health care than any other nation, our access to primary care is worse than in most high-income countries.
Sexually transmitted diseases are often asymptomatic, so screening is essential. “If providers don’t ask the questions and don’t apply the screening recommendations, the majority of STDs will be missed.”
The primary care shortage is a complex problem, and it will require a range of solutions, from exposing students to primary care even before they enter college, to reducing student debt so that there is less pressure to choose high-income specialties.
Is the doctor in? In this new medical age of urgent care centers and retail clinics, that’s not a simple question. Nor does it have a simple answer, as primary care doctors become increasingly scarce.
Every patient should have one trusted doctor who is responsible for his or her overall health. Resources must be allocated to expand those doctors’ education and training. And then we have to pay them more.
Now a rarity, small primary care practices -- even those still thriving today -- risk succumbing to this tide of obsolescence, not unlike local department stores and indoor shopping malls.
There are obvious differences between retail clinics and primary care practices; however, retaining a primary care doctor and frequenting the same retail clinic, when necessary, isn’t an awful practice. Ask your primary care doctor which local clinic they prefer at your next visit.
There’s no waiting room at Linnea Meyer’s tiny primary-care practice in downtown Boston. That’s because there’s rarely a wait to see her. She has only 50 patients to date and often interacts with them by text, phone or email. There’s no office staff because Dr. Meyer doesn’t charge for visits or file insurance claims. Patients pay her a monthly fee—$25 to $125, depending on age—which covers all the primary care they need.
While we still believe that coordinated care that is longitudinal and based on relationships must be the foundation of a healthy America, traditional primary care is simply stretched too thin to provide it and is being eroded, circumvented, and replaced.
Most symptoms honestly take some teasing out, as simple as they may seem. This is the precise reason it’s not easy to address symptoms over the patient portal or emails with your doctor. Therefore, there aren’t too many symptoms I’d recommend skipping that visit to the doctor for, especially without examining a patient in person. However, nine times out of ten, you can skip a visit to your primary care doctor for these five symptoms...
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One Medical challenges the notion that delivering high-quality, accessible health care is either unachievable or prohibitively expensive. In fact, we’re working to prove that just the opposite is possible — a system where quality care is affordable and available to everyone.
The VillageMD model enables physicians to deliver excellent clinical results through a specialized care model that optimizes workflow and patient experience.