ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Economics of health care
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.
The article will explain how physicians can pursue quality improvement (improving their practice systems and patient outcomes) without losing their shirts.
Open letter to the CEO of United Health Care, the Academy health plan, discussing improvements and user control.
Leaders throughout family practice and the health care industry describe what they think will be family physicians' greatest challenges and opportunities will be over the next 10 years.
The author reviews the health care landscape at the turn of the century, identifying challenges facing family physicians today.