Primary care in jeopardy

In an effort to meet increasing demand, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommended paying primary care physicians more, according to this week's report to the Senate subcommittee on health. PCPs make up 32 percent of physicians in the United States, but the AAFP recommends that PCPs make up at least 40 percent of total physicians to meet demand. The association noted the current workforce is in jeopardy because of decreased interest from medical students in the specialty.  The AAFP said the current fee-for-service system favors hospitals and does not offer primary care providers appropriate incentives. AAFP suggests policies allow PCPs to earn at least 70 percent of the median income of other specialties, up from the current 50 percent. Report (.pdf)