Community-owned Primary Care Clinics Manned…

Healthcare is like water. Everyone needs it. Primary care is the highest value healthcare but our entire healthcare operation is run by very large hospital systems. In that case primary care is designed to feed the hospital system with patients who need—you guessed it—hospitalization. Primary care in that setting also exists to make referrals to specialists and expensive testing. Primary care in the big systems is not designed to keep people healthy and away from hospitalization and testing, but that is the promise. Medical science has advanced today to the point that we can prolong healthy life and primary care clinics can provide most treatment patients needed. Many communities own hospitals. They would get more benefit from owning primary care clinics that are not owned by the hospital.

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