25 February 2009

Kevin Makes the New York Times

Well Done.

Key graf:
Universal coverage must go hand in hand with the training of more primary care providers — not only doctors, but also nurse practitioners and physician assistants who can provide excellent primary care. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there will be a shortage of 46,000 generalist physicians by 2025, a deficit that not only will balloon under any universal care measure, but cannot be made up as both doctors and mid-level providers gravitate towards more lucrative specialty practices.
And the flight of generalists will not be halted until reimbursement reform takes place to change the financial incentives away from specialization and back towards office-based practice.

Will the RUC take this lesson to heart?

1 comment:

MLP said...

Shadowfax,

I appreciate your support for the mid level providers! As a Physician Assistant who works in the Emergency Department in the midwest I see first hand the lack of primary care in the outlying communities. With the thought of universal care I can only see the problem getting bigger...Nice blog!

MLP