Researchers reported on Tuesday that medical patients having more doctors to choose from do not necessarily get more or better care. They said this in an analysis demonstrating the complication of US healthcare reform.
The Dartmouth Atlas analysis questions the Obama administration's plans that health insurance reform legislation passed this year in March will do much to improve US healthcare by helping 32 million more Americans in getting health insurance and providing more primary care.
Dr. David Goodman, who helped lead the Dartmouth Atlas Project, based at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire said, "Our findings suggest that the nation's primary care deficit won't be solved by simply increasing access to primary care, either by boosting the number of primary care physicians in an area or by ensuring that most patients have better insurance coverage."
He added, "Policy should also focus on improving the actual services primary care clinicians provide and making sure their efforts are coordinated with those of other providers, including specialists, nurses and hospitals."