As millions of uninsured and underinsured consumers may wonder how to obtain affordable health insurance coverage in the changing health care system, family physicians nationwide are equipped with resources.
Family physicians are on the front lines of patient care and perfectly positioned to be a good resource to patients who want help understanding the Affordable Care Act. Seven family physicians share their personal experiences and why they believe the marketplaces will have a positive impact on patient care and health outcomes.
As of June 2013, only 22 percent of people in the United States had heard at least some about the new marketplaces.
Family physicians — through components of the patient-centered medical home model of care — offer better access to care for patients.
Family physicians and general practitioners have more primary-care patient encounters than do internists, pediatricians and ob-gyns.
A video of Reid Blackwelder, MD, discussing the opening of the new health insurance marketplace, as well as a photo available for media use.
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