Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Delivering Health Care - Part 2
Lecture:Outpatient Primary and Secondary Care
Slide content:Primary Care Crisis Contributing Factors - 1 Decreasing number of physicians practicing primary care Supply-demand imbalance Greater dependence on after-hours care Increased cost of health care delivery 15
Slide notes:In addition, medical students may not consider primary care to be an attractive profession, which has led to a decreasing number of physicians who practice primary care. The growing number of patients with complex medical issues coupled with the decrease in the supply of providers has led to an imbalance. One result is a greater dependence on after-hours care in urgent care centers or emergency departments for primary care services as opposed to true emergencies , resulting in increased cost of health care delivery. 15