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US primary care must reorient to prevention to cut costs and improve outcomes

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7226 (Published 15 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7226
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The United States must focus primary care on prevention, wellness, and active disease management, concludes a new report issued at a panel forum in Washington, DC, on 10 December.

There is substantial agreement on the goal of reinventing primary care to cut costs, improve patient outcomes, and advance economic opportunities, said Monique Nadeau, president of the Hope Street Group, an independent organisation that brings together business, political, and civic stakeholders to look at public policy questions. She said that achieving those goals would require substantial change, “not just more of the same.”

The group’s report offers …

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