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There are 3 comments on POV: Massachusetts Can Finally Measure the Health of Primary Care

  1. To me, primary care in eastern MA seems terrible … my PCPs regularly leave the area, and getting an appointment often takes weeks. Doctors seem to be increasingly attracted to procedure-driven specialty care, where the salaries are higher and the work load more manageable (even if the bureaucracy is not).

  2. I never had this perspective, where if primary care is good and effective then we could prevent chronic diseases. It’s so true. I think the US has the highest rate of people with MULTIPLE chronic illnesses. This is definitely an issue. I’ve been looking for a new PCP but most places seem to be not accepting new patients or accepting insurance.
    The US needs to be more proactive for the sake of their citizens. There’s an obvious lack in general doctors. Back in 2018, NYU Grossman School of Medicine decided to start and offer free tuition to anyone who gets in because of this issue! I hope we start to see more changes like this.

  3. I can definitely see how hard it is to receive primary care in Massachusetts. I have to make appointments months in advance to meet with my doctor. As a student, I am able to schedule far out in advance to meet with my doctor or am flexible with my schedule. Many working adults aren’t able to take time off of work however to make an appointment which isn’t an issue with workers, but with the system itself. The communities also hurt by the weak primary care infrastructure are those of marginalized groups such as people of color and working-class residents. I believe part of the infrastructure not being able to serve the community is because of the limitations and restrictions it takes to become a doctor or a nurse. Those are some of the jobs most in need, however, they are also the jobs with the hardest qualifications to meet. Allowing for a more accessible workforce can help to sustain the current demand and ensure that people don’t have to schedule an appointment months in advance to help with any medical issues they have before they become severe/chronic.

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