Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, the nation’s largest physician group. He’s a Forbes contributor, bestselling author, Stanford University professor, and host of two healthcare podcasts. Pearl’s next book, “Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors & Patients” is available now. Follow him on Twitter @RobertPearlMD. Learn more at RobertPearlMD.com.
Q4. What’s your take on direct primary care or direct care models? (Sharon N.)
The primary care model in the U.S. is broken. It undervalues the excellence of care those doctors provide. Research demonstrates that adding 10 primary care physicians to a community increases longevity by 250% over 10 added specialists. And yet we elevate the status of interventionalist while failing to reward the physicians who keep patients healthy and prevent medical problems from happening in the first place. The solution is prepaid, integrated healthcare that respects the important work of prevention and chronic disease management.
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