Direct Primary Care—An Innovative Solution to Alleviate the Decline of Primary Care Physicians

February 1, 2016Articles Physician Organizations

Primary care physicians are the foundation of our health system; they are the initial point of contact for patients seeking medical care, they are the first line of defense against common medical conditions, and they act as a gatekeeper when more specialized services are required.

Primary care physicians also are a dying breed. The United States has a low proportion of primary care and family physicians compared to medical specialists. Only one in three physicians practice primary care and one in six medical graduates choose primary care.1 This year, the Association of American Medical Colleges requisitioned a study that ultimately projected a shortfall of between 12,500 and 31,100 primary care physicians by 2025.

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