"The big reason behind the lack of primary care docs is the fact they get paid sh*t"

Whiskey Fire: “One of the big advantages of universal healthcare — if not THE advantage — is supposed to be the public health and economic benefit of primary and preventive care. Get people covered, so they’re financially able to go see a doctor before a relatively minor medical problem becomes a serious illness and you both improve overall morbidity and save a sh*tload of money as well. All of which is a fine theory, and has some pretty impressive evidence to support it — just look where the US falls on the life expectancy charts compared to per capita spending on healthcare. But there’s one important ingredient missing from that equation — enough primary care doctors to take care of all these newly insured people.”

(via Mike the Mad Biologist)