Sharing the Care to Improve Access to Primary Care

Ghorob, Amireh; Bodenheimer, Thomas
May 2012
New England Journal of Medicine;5/24/2012, Vol. 366 Issue 21, p1955
Academic Journal
The article offers insights on a need for prompt access to primary care in the U.S. Information on the average wait times for new patients in Massachusetts is provided. It notes that an imbalance between demand for care and capacity to provide care is the reason behind the access problem. A definition of the relationship between demand and capacity is also given. It points out a need for physicians to share the care with an empowered health care team.


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