Dr. Glauser at EMNews vents his spleen a bit about a general feeling that Primary Care needs more funding:
Say what? Fund physicians to promote primary care? Why throw good money after bad? If ever there was a group that has failed in providing care, it is our primary care system. To fund such a venture for groups that are singularly inept at performing anything of value to society is pure folly and a waste of precious health care dollars.
This did not pass unnoticed by an excellent primary care blogger, Dr. Rob at Musings of a Distractible Mind:
This guy is not arguing, he is ranting. Why? My suspicion is that he sees the fact that increased reimbursement for primary care physicians means potentially decreased reimbursement for emergency physicians. That does not mean you shouldn’t trust his arguments – he could use the same against me.
Read them both, and join the argument. I’m for paying primary care better, because they need some more flexibility (though I have my concerns, too).