Mind & Body: The Future Of Primary Care In The U.S. Health System

Mind & Body: The Future Of Primary Care In The U.S. Health System

The Association of Medical Colleges projects the U.S. could have nearly 63,000 fewer doctors than needed by 2015. Diane and her guests discuss the role and future of primary care medicine.

The U.S. is facing a critical lack of primary care physicians, and it’s likely the Affordable Care Act will worsen that shortage. Many worry there won’t be enough physicians to care for the estimated 30 million people set to gain insurance under the law in 2014. And it’s not just an issue of fewer doctors joining the ranks. While 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas, just 9 percent of physicians practice there. But some argue that the way primary care doctors practice is even more important than their numbers. This hour, the first of our new medical series, “Mind and Body,” Diane and her guests discuss the future of primary care medicine.

Guests

Elizabeth Wiley

national president of the American Medical Student Association

Julie Rovner

health policy correspondent for NPR and author of "Health Care Policy and Politics A-Z."

Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan

Murdock Head professor of medicine and health policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Dr. Sumi Sexton

partner, Premier Primary Care Physicians in Arlington, Virginia. She is also assistant professor of family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and an associate editor for the journal "American Family Physician."

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