Commentary: Improving the Supply and Distribution of Primary Care Physicians

E. Ray Dorsey, Sean Nicholson, William H. Frist
2011 Academic Medicine  
The current medical education system and reimbursement policies in the United States have contributed to a maldistribution of physicians by specialty and geography. The causes of this maldistribution include financial barriers that prevent the individuals who would be the most likely to serve in primary care and underserved areas from entering the profession, large taxpayer subsidies to teaching hospitals that provide incentives to act in ways that are not in the best interest of society, and
more » ... t of society, and reimbursement policies that discourage physicians from providing primary care. The authors propose that the maldistribution of physicians can be addressed successfully by reducing the financial barriers to becoming a primary care physician, aligning subsidies with Dr. Dorsey is associate professor of neurology,
doi:10.1097/acm.0b013e318212ea15 pmid:21646968 fatcat:f24fijftunazvp3cgnnbkcgmmy