ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Economics of health care
The article describes new insurance models that give more control to patients and describes how the trend will affect family physicians.
Asks, and proposes answers to, ten questions the author thinks will have bearing on the fate of the specialty.
The authors outline the implications of the new Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act for both patients and physicians.
In this era of tightening reimbursements, it's difficult for family physicians to continue practicing, let alone afford to improve their practices. This article explains how family physicians are finding new sources of income in services they used to be able to afford to offer without charge.
Argues that there are four reasonable responses to the current chaotic health care system: mastering it, changing it, working outside it and dropping out.
Patient education piece designed to help the patient understand how to read and understand doctor's bills and statements from their insurance companies.
Argues that the reimbursement system's misalignment of incentives makes the health care system absurdly complicated and points to two articles in this issue as evidence.
The author examines factors that have contributed to the current physician liability insurance crisis and strategies for managing risk more effectively .
The author highlights three of the most significant problems facing family practice -- economic pressures, the inherent complexity of health care and ongoing tensions between community-based family practice and academic family medicine -- and suggests appropriate responses to help the specialty thrive in coming generations.
The article explores new models of health care financing, such as MyHealthBank, which are seeking to restructure the financing of health care by putting patients in direct control of their health care dollars.