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by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –  Today’s aging population is much more ill than the previous generation was. They have different inconsistencies in the health care system as well as high rising health care costs. In addition, the health care system is making the wrong types of services seem important. However, if we look at what is happening, there is a way to improve the health care system: “support primary care.” In June, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) wrote a report entitled Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care. This report states that “primary care is the only discipline of medicine where a greater supply is equated to better health outcomes, longer life expectancy, and lower costs.”

It is unfortunate but the US. Health care system has given too much importance and too much money to the physicians who are in specialized medicine. As a result, the U.S. now has a health care system that spends too much money and actually isn’t providing the services needed; thus, we have a less healthy population.

Because of our current health care system, the people’s peers in other developed countries around the world – Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, and England — are healthier.

None of this is a new concept. For decades evidence has proved that primary care health is most important for an individual.

In 1966, the “Citizens Commission on Graduate Medical Education submitted its final report to the American Medical Association who had commissioned their work.” Commonly, this report has been known as the Millis Commission Report. 

The Millis Commission Report “sought to provide direction regarding the desired future state of the American health care system and the composition of the physician workforce that would be needed to achieve those goals.”

This Millis Commission Report was established because of the growing concern that the primary care physicians were becoming too specialized. It also said that the basic health care needs of individuals were not being addressed.  An important recommendation was “the need for the primary physician to serve as the primary medical resource and counselor to an individual or a family.”

Since the Millis Commission Report was created, it has been 51 years. America has not really pursued the plan. Actually, it’s a fact that our nation has implemented policies that work contrary to the Report.

“We know what primary care medicine can do; what is needed now is a commitment to sustain and support it.”


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