- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Copernicus Healthcare (July 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983773408
- ISBN-13: 978-0983773405
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,816,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Breaking Point - How the Primary Care Crisis Endangers the Lives of Americans Paperback – July 5, 2011
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Breaking Point is about primary care as family practice (pediatrics and obstetrics are actually specialties). It is about the struggle the family doctor has to survive in the current environment. The situation is not pretty and few are better prepared to discuss it than John Geyman, MD. He does a masterful job. He writes well and is very understandable.
I believe in Family Medicine. I practiced it for forty years. I hope it survives. I also doubt it will.
I retired sixteen months ago as much for survival as a human being as for fiscal reasons. Over the years one develops a relationship with his/her patient. This is critical in helping that patient when he or she needs a physician the most. When is that? When he or she is in the hospital. Now in most communities primary care physicians aren't given inpatient privileges to treat patients. Often I was not informed of my patient's admission. It is difficult to be effective as a physician when cut out of the system.
This is just one example; Dr. Geyman presents others, some fiscal, some psychological, some existential. Many have left primary care and by report, not so many are entering.
I thank Dr. Geyman for this book.
John A. Leraas, MD
--John J. Frey, M.D., Professor of Family Medicine and Head of Community Health Connections, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health