Primary care is in a bad place. Physicians feel undervalued. Cumbersome technology, administrative burdens and payer hassles mean physicians are unable to spend the time they want with their patients. At the same time, patients have never had more choices for where to get primary care. Hospital systems and private equity are gobbling up practices. Drug store chains are opening clinics, where patients can see a non-physician provider for basic care. Does this mean the traditional physician-patient relationship is dead? Timothy Hoff, Ph.D., professor of management, healthcare systems and health policy at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, argues that both physicians and patients still want a long-term relationship, but modern healthcare, with all its complexity and focus on value is preventing both parties from forging the caring relationships they would prefer.
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