I know you get frustrated with our office. We make you come in for visits when you think we should handle things over the phone. We seem more focused on your chart sometimes than on you. Sometimes you may even wonder if money has become more important than patients.
To this, I say: I’m Sorry. It’s not our fault.We are part of an insane system that requires us to do things in a way that makes life harder for us both. We would love to practice medicine differently, but we simply can’t.
About a year ago, Health Care Finance reported on the PCP shortage:
"If real incomes for primary care physicians continue to decline, there is a risk that the migration of male physicians will intensify and that female physicians may begin avoiding primary care - trends that could aggravate a predicted shortage of primary care physicians," said Paul Ginsburg, president of HSC, a nonpartisan policy research organization funded principally by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
What is the answer? There isn't a short answer. But we need to find one.
To read more....
It’s not our Fault Musings of a Distractible Mind
PHS Launches Task Force to Address PCP Shortage
Are hospitals purposely causing a PCP shortage? (kevinmd.com)
Primary Care Physician Shortage Linked to Lower Income
Look at one physician's experience as a patient: