A New Model for Primary Care

by Academy of Clinical Excellence on February 21, 2011

There is currently a shortage in the number of primary care physicians and many are speculating that the demand will continue to exceed the supply in the coming years.

New models for primary care delivery are being considered and tested.

The attached article on primary care was in the the New York Times and it describes One Medical Group, a model for primary care that hopes to set a nationwide example and create a particularly appealing experience for both physicians and patients. The group is now serving communities in both San Francisco and New York. One Medical Group’s founder is Dr. Tom X. Lee, the physician who also co-founded Epocrates.

One Medical Group is attempting to offer most of the services provided by concierge-type medical practices with only a minimal additional cost to patients, $150 to $200 / year. While it is unfortunate that any out-of-pocket costs to patients are required to make this model work, One Medical Group is expecting that many patients who are dissatisfied with access to their physician will switch to seek care at one of their growing number of sites.

Please see the article that was in The New York Times for additional details:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/health/01medical.html?src=twrhp

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Anonymous March 21, 2011 at 2:28 am

Nice post.

meg February 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I wish you could see my copy of this NYT article. I scribbled a note to my department chair on it, saying "We should call him to discuss partnering with Hopkins..." It's an intriguing model; I highly recommend reading the article. Glad you posted this. Thanks.

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