Primary Care Access
One of the great things reform is doing for patient care is to redirect the focus of healthcare from episodic care (care to treat a sick patient) to preventative care. This change has placed a greater focus on primary care to manage chronic diseases, early detection and promote wellness.
There is a lack of access to primary care in America. A New England Journal of Medicine roundtable noted that there are.. too few primary care doctors trying to care for too many patients, who have a rising number of chronic conditions, and receive relatively little compensation for their efforts.
At WakeMed, we are working to increase access to primary care by opening new physician practices and adding physicians and physician extenders across the community. In addition, we are going to serve as a teaching facility for the new Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, which is welcoming its first class in the fall of 2013. Campbell's medical school will eventually graduate 150 primary care physicians each year, many of whom will go on to practice in rural and underserved regions of the state.