Primary Care

A shortages of qualified treatment providers is frequently cited as an obstacle in fighting the opioid addiction crisis. Yet, according to research published in the journal PLoS One, the solution may lie in the hands of primary care providers who can successfully treat addiction.

Rory MacLeod / https://www.flickr.com/photos/macrj/

On Sunday, Marian University in Indianapolis graduated its first-ever medical school class, handing out 133 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees. Next weekend, 331 Indiana University School of Medicine grads will collect their diplomas.

Why Don't Young Doctors Want To Work In Primary Care?

Jun 24, 2016
Stanford Geriatric Education Center via Youtube

In the world of physicians, there are hundreds of specialties—neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, dermatologists, radiologists, anesthesiologists...all the different "ologists." But doctors generally fall into two camps: the specialists and the generalists, like, for example, your family doctor. As it turns out, there's a longstanding struggle between these two camps, and a lot of people would say primary care is losing.

As a first-year resident, I found myself wanting to understand why.

Vermont Sees 'Significant Shift' Toward Treating Addiction In A Doctor's Office

Jun 15, 2016
James Rebinskas
Lynn McCrea / Vermont Public Radio

Opiate addiction and how best to treat it continues to be a focus in Vermont. And that includes the question of where to provide medication-assisted treatment.

Often, people are seen in one of Vermont’s five main treatment centers, or "hubs." But lately, physicians are being encouraged to see such patients in their own local practices.

MSU medical school students observe a surgery in Cuba
Michigan State University

Health care is considered a human right in Cuba, and it's free. The country spends far less than the U.S. on health care, yet Cubans have the same life expectancy as Americans.
 
But after students from Michigan State University's medical school were embedded in Cuban clinics and hospitals, they discovered the situation there is complicated. 

Health Insurer Banks On Prevention With Free Primary Care, Counseling, Yoga And More

Apr 6, 2016
Harken Health members get free yoga at the clinic.
Phil Galewitz / KHN

AUSTELL, Ga. — UnitedHealthcare is betting $65 million that it can profit by making primary care more attractive.

With little fanfare, the nation’s largest health insurer launched an independent subsidiary in January that offers unlimited free doctor visits and 24/7 access by phone. Every member gets a personal health coach to nudge them toward their goals, such as losing weight or exercising more. Mental health counseling is also provided, as are yoga and cooking classes, and acupuncture. Services are delivered in stylish clinics with hardwood floors and faux fireplaces in their lobbies.

Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

Mar 7, 2016

Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors' appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints and other factors.

Martin Machain has his eyes examined in a doctor's office.
Sonia Narang

When Martin Machain arrived to Los Angeles from Mexico years ago, he didn’t know where to turn for health care. Machain migrated to the US to escape poverty and change his life. But without insurance, it hasn’t been easy.


What Happens If You Try To Prevent Every Single Suicide?

Nov 2, 2015

Each year, nearly three times as many Americans die from suicide as from homicide. More Americans kill themselves than die from breast cancer.

As Dr.Thomas Insel, longtime head of the National Institute of Mental Health, prepared to step down from his job in October, he cited the lack of progress in reducing the number of suicides as his biggest disappointment. While the homicide rate in the U.S. has dropped 50 percent since the early 1990s, the suicide rate is higher than it was a decade ago.

A California county voted Tuesday to restore primary health care services to undocumented adults living in the county.

Contra Costa County, east of San Francisco, joins 46 other California counties that have agreed to provide non-emergency care to immigrants who entered the country illegally.

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