| December 3, 2006
35 percent of patients don’t, and this number is likely to grow.
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Sure, there’s a lot of lip service about people wishing they had a good primary care doctor. However, when it comes to paying for the service, there is a different story. I think the real attitude is that a primary care doctor is a nice convenience for quick medical questions, minor medical issues, and referrals to specialists. But in terms of real dollars and cents, primary care services are generally valued less than plumbing and electrical work.
Unfortunately, we’re not too much better. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I know a percentage of primary care physicians don’t have a primary care physician. We also need to walk the walk if we’re going to talk the talk.
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