Tuesday, August 14, 2007
BLOGSCAN - Why Medical Students Don't Like Primary Care
On the Over My Med Body blog, this post explains with brilliant simplicity one reason why medical students choose a variety of specialties over primary care: in specialty clinics, the students can spend enough time with each patient to both comprehend what is going on, and actually learn something. In primary care, the pace is too rapid to think or to learn. The real question is why our health care system requires primary care doctors to spend less and less time with individual patients. One immediate reason is a perverse reimbursement system that pays physicians per visit or procedure, and does not pay enough for office visits to allow primary care physicians to spend enough time to properly take care of patients. See our posts here and here.