Primary Care Backlash Unfortunately begins with an Emergency Physician

I’m saddened to learn of Jonathan Glauser’s column in the December 2008 Emergency Medicine News from KevinMD. He notes, “With the primary care shortage starting to gain traction within the mainstream media narrative, it’s inevitable that some will lash back against generalists. (via Bob Doherty)”

Jonathan’s a very smart guy and I don’t doubt the experience that underlies the conclusions he’s drawn and the recommendations he’s making in his column, yet, he’s missing the bigger picture and as Bob Doherty’s blog and associated comments demonstrate the data support investment in primary care–not disinvestment. I regret that I can’t support your view, Jon.