Primary Care

March 17, 1995 • Volume 5, Issue 10
Will more family doctors improve health care?
By Bob Adams


Health care in America faces a paradox. The U.S. spends a trillion dollars a year on medical care, yet 40 million Americans lack health insurance, and rural and inner-city residents have trouble getting basic care. Many experts think the solution is to increase the number of lower-cost primary care providers, such as family doctors and nurse practitioners. Specialists argue that the quality of care would suffer as a result, and that their own high-tech procedures are the glory of American medicine. Their lobbying helped kill President Clinton's health-care reform bill last year. But as fast-growing health maintenance organizations strive to cut medical costs, the demand for more Marcus Welbys is increasing, and medical schools are scrambling to catch up.

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May 28, 1958  Health Insurance Costs
Feb. 17, 1954  Government Aid for Health Plans
Nov. 22, 1949  Compensation for Disability
Aug. 30, 1946  Public Medical Care
Jan. 25, 1944  Medical Insurance
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