US Primary Care System Under Strain

US physicians are under a greater strain, said Robin Osborn author V Pres. of Health Policy and Practice.

US physicians also voiced major concerns about gaps in care coordination and administrative hassles, which they said were interfering with patient time; 43% of those surveyed said their job was very or extremely stressful, and 34% said they were somewhat or very dissatisfied about practicing medicine.

“We need a strong primary care infrastructure, and we don’t have it, and we haven’t had it for a long time, and it’s actually getting worse,” said Dr Blumenthal. As evidence, he pointed to the proliferation of walk-in clinics. They are on the rise “because the primary care system in the US is failing”.

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