CEO of health system, "Not every patient needs a primary care physician." A response from patients, the population.
The June 29, 2018 BECKER'S Hospital Review article shares the viewpoint "Froedtert CEO Cathy Jacobson: Not every patient needs a primary care physician" (PCP). The article is the perspective from the viewpoint of a health system CEO, requiring reading of the full article. Full story The following is a perspective, counterview from patients, the individuals in the population.
Health systems are relying on data analysis, defining as population health, as Froedtert is quoted, "As we start stratifying our patients into distinct populations based on their health needs." The issue with this premise is that the data is not always clean, and it will never tell the story, the whole story, of the realities going on with the patients. (See I Wish I Had Known stories.)
Her quote continues, "... insight further into consumer driven wants, we are finding that a substantial sector of the population does not want or need a primary care physician relationship. People need primary care but not necessarily a physician relationship." The issue is the primary care physician practices have been acquired by the hospitals with the biggest complaint from people, of not being able to find a PCP, and those now under health systems, the doctor only giving 15 minutes of time and then passing off with no plan of care, simply writing another prescription. Many in the public just find it faster or are being told to just go to the ER. From the perspective of health system CEOs, it would appear primary care is not wanted or needed. But when actually speaking with individuals across the country, it is the opposite from the lack of care coordination, and "the doctor doesn't know me and is not taking the time to listen to figure out an actual diagnosis."
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