What Is The Future Of Primary Care? | Connecticut Public Radio

What Is The Future Of Primary Care?

Nov 9, 2018

What are the short- and long-term benefits of receiving continuous health care?

This hour, we talk with the medical director of the Washington, D.C.-based Robert Graham Center.

We also hear from three Connecticut-based doctors, who tell us how technology and innovation are revolutionizing the way care is delivered.  

Have you heard of telemedicine? What about subscription-based concierge services? We want to hear from you, too. 

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  • Dr. Yalda Jabbarpour - Medical Director at the Robert Graham Center in Washington, D.C. (@TheGrahamCenter)
  • Dr. Christopher Ruser - Chief of Primary Care for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System 
  • Dr. Yauheni Solad - Medical Director of Digital Health and Telemedicine for the Yale New Haven Network
  • Dr. Jeffrey Friedman - Internal medicine physician in Newtown, Connecticut who works under MDVIP (@MDVIP)


Forbes: Telemedicine -- Convenience Versus Caution - "Most physicians believe that telemedicine is necessary to provide convenient access for their patients. However, they caution that strong referral networks need to be in place, telemedicine encounter records need to be transmitted to the patients’ primary care physician, serious illnesses must be detected or diagnosed timely, and finally, they must be paid appropriately for the services rendered."

NPR: Some See 'Flat-Fee Primary Care' As A GOP-Friendly Way To Provide Routine Care - "It's easy to understand the appeal of direct primary care, as it's called, for doctors and patients. Doctors charge a monthly fee, generally from $50 to $150, to provide routine clinical care and consultation, sometimes including basic lab work and tests. Patients who need other care -- an MRI or surgery, for example -- would be covered by their insurance policy, if they have one."

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.