The Disappearing Primary Care Physician

Meyer, Harris
November 2008
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Nov2008, Vol. 82 Issue 11, p28
Trade Publication
This article deals with the shortage of primary care physicians and the looming crisis facing U.S. hospitals. In 2006, nonprofit Mendocino Coast District Hospital converted to a critical access hospital under federal and state law, and signed a deal with the doctors to make their group the hospital's rural health clinic. It quickly turned the hospital from a money-loser into one that earns about $1.5 million in profits a year. The goal of the medical home model is to improve quality, efficiency and satisfaction for both patients and doctors. INSETS: Why Primary Care Matters, Part 1;Why Primary Care Matters, Part 2.


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