For several weeks, the bumpy rollout of the federal health insurance marketplaces has overshadowed almost all other health care topics. But after reviewing the timely Health Affairs issue dedicated to the health care work force, it is clear we must maintain our focus on building a primary care system of the highest quality and value. Within that increasingly complex system, primary care physicians are the first, most critical line of ...

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Paul Simmons’s recent post highlights the challenges family physicians face, both in practicing the full scope of family medicine and how we communicate about our profession. I couldn't agree more that we must raise awareness about what it means to be a family physician and fight to ensure we can practice to the fullest extent of our credentials. Family physicians care for both genders and all ages. Our ...

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In her post, “The only thing that truly separates doctors from nurses,” Dr. Leng is right that our current system creates a great deal of confusion for patients. Clothing, titles and even the word “Doctor” are no longer clear enough for people to understand which member of the health care team is caring for them. However, her suggestion that ultimate responsibility for the patient is the only distinguishing feature ...

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