We’ve all heard a lot in recent years about the state of primary care in our country and about the impending physician shortage. Having moved to Baltimore just over a year ago, I can now personally attest to just how hard it is to find a primary care physician …and I’m the dean and CEO. Now just imagine how hard it is—and especially how hard it will become in the future—for people who aren’t in such positions to find a doctor.
During the age of health care reform, Hopkins and our peer institutions will be looked to for answers on how to address some of the greatest challenges and opportunities that we face in our own communities and as a nation, and chief among those concerns is primary care.
We recognize that the need for primary care physicians will increase as more Americans become insured, as the number of individuals over age 65 increases, and as more people manage chronic medical conditions.
But before we can begin to solve the problem of primary care, however, we must first look at its causes.
About Paul B. Rothman, M.D.
Dr. Rothman is the Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. View his profile.
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