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Out of PracticeFighting for Primary Care Medicine in America$
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Frederick M. MD Barken

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449765

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449765.001.0001

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The Supply Side

The Supply Side

(p.131) 7 The Supply Side
Out of Practice

Frederick M. Barken

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the importance of maintaining an abundant supply of primary care physicians for the future. A century ago, there was a crisis regarding the quality of medical education. Today, the challenge is about the quantity of well-trained doctors who will opt to provide primary care for an aging American population. This chapter considers some of the factors that limit physician supply, including the macroeconomics of growth. It also proposes three approaches to expand the supply of primary physicians: promoting volunteerism among retired doctors, attracting newly trained medical graduates to general medicine, and imposing a government-imposed period of mandatory medical service by young physicians in the delivery of good basic primary care.

Keywords:   primary care, physicians, medical education, physician supply, macroeconomics, volunteerism, retired doctors, medical graduates, general medicine, mandatory medical service

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