The Familiar Physician
By Peter B. Anderson, M.D. with Bud Ramey and Tom Emswiller
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS IN HEALTH CARE TODAY
Obamacare and the changes it brings have the potential to revitalize primary care medicine. Or it could crush it under the combined weight of too many patients, too many limitations and not enough physicians.
For the public this book is a cautionary tale. It envisions a health care world without a Familiar Physician, where every time you’re sick, you’re a stranger, enduring long waits for medical treatment from someone who may never have seen you before.
For physicians, The Familiar Physician reveals a parallel and equally endangered world powered by frustrated colleagues retiring early with not enough physicians in the pipeline to replace them; millions of newly insured patients; an aging population; increasing regulations; and its converging with a sea change in health care reform.
This is what the future could look like … because there’s a tempest bearing down on primary care. It’s a perfect storm that threatens primary care medicine at the very time that it’s positioned to form the foundation of health care reform.
On the most basic level, The Familiar Physician describes the patch of fair weather that exists within the coming storm. It’s the story of the dedicated people who helped build the medical home and implement it on a national level — including the vision and powerful advocacy of IBM’s Dr. Paul Grundy.
And it’s told through the unique perspective of Dr. Peter Anderson, a pioneer in team care medicine and a champion of primary care whose efforts to create a better model of primary care delivery parallels and supports the development of the medical home.
Their efforts show us that passion and inspiration can remain at the heart of health care in the future. As we move toward that future learn what you can do as a clinician to help assure that the Familiar Physician, the basis for a strong physician-patient relationship, survives the coming storm.