Statement by John Rother, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care, on planned Congressional markups of legislation to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), physician loan repayment programs, and Community Health Centers “We are encouraged by efforts in the Senate, and most recently in the House, to fund essential health programs. Yet we […]
Sustaining a strong and resilient primary care workforce is essential to improving patient access to care and winning the battle against chronic disease—the central threat to health care affordability. The impact of the primary care shortage on both providers and patients has been huge, and lessening this impact must continue to be a federal priority beyond September 30th.
Healthcare training programs in underserved urban and rural areas may have to shut down if they are not reauthorized by the end of the month, leaders of several healthcare groups said Wednesday at an NCHC forum.
Primary care will be hit especially hard by the physician shortage, but addressing burnout and keeping several key federal programs could help stem the flow of docs from family medicine, experts say.
As American health care transitions toward value-based models, successful employers, plans, and health systems are finding strong primary care to be absolutely essential. The United States spends only 4-8% of health care dollars on primary care, compared to an average of approximately 12% among other industrialized countries1 – each of which spends substantially less overall on health care than the United States. To build an American health care system that delivers better care at a lower cost, primary care must become a national health policy priority.