New Care Delivery Options New paradigms in healthcare delivery will make care more affordable, more convenient, and more responsive. The traditional way of dispensing health care is longitudinal and fragmented, with lots of days between value-producing office visits, says Douglas L. What we need instead is a system that provides answers to questions immediately, making it easier for patients to make more informed choices so they can go about their lives with less disruption and anxiety. Wood believes this is the system of the future.
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licensewhich permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Abstract Primary care serves as the cornerstone in a strong healthcare system.
However, it has long been overlooked in the United States USAand an imbalance between specialty and primary care exists. The objective of this focused review paper is to identify research evidence on the value of primary care both in the USA and internationally, focusing on the importance of effective primary care services in delivering quality healthcare, improving health outcomes, and reducing disparities.
The areas reviewed included primary care definitions, primary care measurement, primary care practice, primary care and health, primary care and quality, primary care and cost, primary care and equity, primary care and health centers, and primary care and healthcare reform.
In both developed and developing countries, primary care has been demonstrated to be associated with enhanced access to healthcare services, better health outcomes, and a decrease in hospitalization and use of emergency department visits. Primary care can also help counteract the negative impact of poor economic conditions on health.
Introduction Primary care serves as the cornerstone for building a strong healthcare system that ensures positive health outcomes and health equity [ 12 ].
These six attributes, agreed upon internationally, have proved effective in identifying breadth of primary care services and monitoring primary care quality [ 3 — 6 ].
However, despite near consensus around the world that primary care is a critical component of any healthcare system, there is a considerable imbalance between primary and specialty care in the United States USA and many other parts of the world. The major driving force behind the increasing number of medical specialists is the development of medical technology.
The rapid advances in medical technology continuously expanded the diagnostic and therapeutic options at the disposal of physician specialists.
The majority of patients, significantly freed from financial constraints thanks to third-party insurance payment, have turned to physicians who can provide them with the most up-to-date, sophisticated treatment.
Hence, the rapid advance of medical technology contributes to the demand for specialty services and provides an impetus for further specialty development.
In addition, significantly higher insurance reimbursement for specialists relative to primary care physicians also contributes to the current imbalance. Under the resource-based relative value scale RBRVSimplemented for US Medicare physician payment, primary care physicians continue to receive lower payments than specialists for comparable work because physician payments are based on historically determined, estimated practice costs as well as total work effort [ 89 ].
Moreover, many insurance companies will pay for hospital-based complex diagnostic and invasive procedures using high technology, but not for routine preventive visits and consultations. Specialist physicians enjoy other benefits as well. Not only do specialists earn significantly higher incomes than primary care physicians, but also they are more likely to have predictable work hours and enjoy higher prestige both among their colleagues and from the public at large [ 1011 ].
Problems typically cited in recruiting primary care physicians include longer working hours during the day as well as on call, less financial reward for service, and less access to the highly technological approaches to diagnosis which is an important part of the medical center approach to patient care [ 12 ].
The medical education environment, organized according to specialties and controlled largely by those who have achieved their leadership positions by demonstrating their ability in narrow scientific or clinical areas, emphasizes technology intensive procedures, and tertiary care settings also deter the choice by students of primary care specialties [ 1617 ].
Perhaps the most important reason for this imbalance is the lack of appreciation for the true value of primary care. Relative to disease-specific research, primary care-oriented studies have been relatively few.
Their dissemination and recognition within the medical field are also problematic. These realities have led to superfluous political commitments and the disengagement of related sectors [ 1819 ].
A WHO report announced that primary care has failed to serve as the foundation of care for all people [ 2 ]. The objective of this focused review paper is to present the research findings regarding the efficacy of primary care so that the value of primary care can be better appreciated.The Health Care Current, a weekly series published by the Deloitte US Center for Health Solutions, explores breaking news and developments in the health care industry, examines key issues facing LSHC companies and provides updates and insights on policy, regulatory, and legislative changes.
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