Primary Care And Health Care

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Primary care, or day to day care, is expected to rise significantly over the next five years because of the increase in population as well as the aging of an already staggering population. Also having some to do with the increase in health care is the expansion in health insurance. If the fundamentals of primary care remain as they are, there is expected to be a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians by the year 2020. If non-physician practitioners are integrated into the system, such as in patient-centered medical homes, the stress that will be on the health care system will be somewhat alleviated. In a study done by the US department of health and human services, national averages in areas where primary care physicians is well above average their numbers will remain above average, while areas where the number of primary care physicians is well below average will be severely struggling. Aging population and population growth accounts for 81 percent of the change, while the remainder is taken into account because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. To help with the increase in health care services needed, primary care nurse practitioners is expected to increase roughly 30 percent, and if primary care nurse practitioners would be integrated into the primary care health setting it could help alleviate up to 6,400 jobs by 2020. The institute of medicine reported that primary care physician shortages are based on the traditional health care delivery model,
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