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Enhancing healthcare access

What good is health insurance if there are no providers to access? Are we working towards enhancing healthcare access? In a recent article published in the Annals of Family Medicine, authors found that extending office hours can help lower overall

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Taking primary care to the next level?

How can we take primary care to the next level? Do we need to? It is well established that there is shortage of primary care providers in the country. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): “In 2010,

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Help! My patient’s suicidal: How the US healthcare system is failing people in acute crisis

DocForeman: I’m here with Dr. Bill Schmitz, Licensed Psychologist, Suicidologist, and past board member of the American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Schmitz is a recognized national expert on suicide and primary and mental health care integration. Dr. Schmitz, if you

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The primary care love affair

Here at Occupy Healthcare we spend a great deal of time talking about primary care. There are many reasons for this, but the main reason is that primary care is the largest platform of healthcare delivery in the country. When

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The primary care cooperative extension service and beyond

Discussions around healthcare usually come back to the importance of primary care. We have written about primary care extensively on this site, and one cannot look through the news of late and not see primary care somewhere in the conversation.

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The cost depends on the value

Does the cost depend on the value? Today, Medscape released the results of their 2011 survey of physician compensation: I share this post here to point out the discrepancy in physicians’ average salaries based on their specialties.  In particular, I

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Rural health, primary care and the importance of workforce

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ; 2011), in 2010, there were approximately 209,000 practicing primary care physicians in the United States. AHRQ reported that of the 624,434 physicians delivering direct patient care only less than one-third

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National Public Health Week April 2-8, 2012: A Healthier America Begins TODAY. Join the Movement!

National Public Health Week kicks off today! Let’s start with the basics: what is public health? Ultimately, public health is about prevention at the population level. As the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s motto so fittingly states, public

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Reforming Our Healthcare System *MUST* Include Expanding Access to Care

Without significant changes, healthcare spending in the United States (already one of the highest rates in the world per capita) will continue to increase at an unsustainable rate (PDF).  Whatever one’s opinion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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The primary care challenge (and solution?)

There is no doubt of the importance of primary care in healthcare. As the graph above shows, primary care is the largest platform of healthcare delivery in the country. This fact was not lost on those who were instrumental in

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