Primary Care and Public Health: A Partnership to Change America's Health

January 26, 2015 6:31 PM

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First, medical students are taking a long, hard look at the job and deciding that the costs outweigh the benefits. Those who do pursue careers in primary care have some of the lowest salaries in the profession and face the greatest risk of burnout. In 2013, three of the five lowest paid physician groups were primary care physicians (Internal Medicine, $178,000; Family Medicine, $175,000; and Pediatrics, $173,000). Compare that to Orthopedics, $405,000, and Cardiology: $357,000. The median debt for medical graduates in 2014 was $180,000.

Before the ACA, 60 million Americans lacked access to primary care. In 2014, more than 30 million newly insured Americans entered the health care system. Expanding the role of physician assistants and nurse practitioners and utilizing a non-clinical health care team of specialists like social worker...

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