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The Familiar Physician: Saving Your Doctor In the Era of Obamacare Paperback – September 15, 2013
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Imagine health care without your Familiar Physician. Every time you’re sick, you’re a stranger, enduring long waits for medical treatment from someone who may never have seen you before.
This is what the future could look like … because there’s a tempest bearing down on primary care medicine — powered by frustrated primary care doctors retiring early with not enough physicians in the pipeline to replace them; more than 30 million newly insured patients; an aging population; increasing regulations; and it's converging with a sea change in health care reform.
This is the story of the dedicated physicians who helped build the medical home into American health care — the personal journey of Dr. Peter Anderson, a pioneer in team care medicine, the extraordinary vision of IBM’s Dr. Martin Sepúlveda and the powerful crusade of advocacy of his colleague, IBM’s Dr. Paul Grundy.
The Familiar Physician is a story that will enlighten readers on the perfect storm bearing down on primary care doctors and what each of us needs to do to protect what we value most about our health care.
About the Author
With co-authors Bud Ramey and Tom Emswiller, two long-standing, award winning health care communicators, Dr. Anderson describes the quickly approaching crisis that holds the potential to impact health care in America for decades.
It’s powered by burned-out and frustrated family doctors retiring early with not enough young primary care physicians to replace them; more than 30 million newly insured patients; an aging population; increasing regulations and decreasing reimbursement—and it’s converging with a sea change of healthcare reform in a world of uncertainty.
It’s the perfect storm that endangers primary care medicine and threatens to drive our trusted familiar physicians toward extinction.
Top Customer Reviews
It's easy to read and refreshingly lacking in jargon and medical-speak. If you're a doctor or if you've ever been to a doctor, you will understand and relate to the issues discussed by Dr. Anderson and his co-authors. No lecturing, no hyperbole. It's just good story-telling that in the process provides perhaps the best idea yet on how to improve our healthcare system.
It tells the story of a Family Medicine doctor's personal journey to improve his practice and his life, interwoven with the story of the medical home and the role IBM played in its developmente. It was helpful for me as I think it will be for everyone, to learn more about this recent history in American medicine and how it will make primary care more effective. Few issues are more important to our nation as health care and none are as important on a personal level. The Familiar Physician reinforces that theme in a clear and consistent way and I highly recommend it for everyone who provides or receives medical care.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author nails it in the new way of seeing and treating patients in the exam room. I am starting to implement his plans & hope to be fully on board in a few months. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cal
Interesting discussion about what has developed in the healthcare system over the past decade. The author has done a really good job and tells a good story.Published on May 31, 2014 by Robert Pallay
Was easy to follow and very interesting information about how to save the Family Practice Doctors under Abomacare's impossible
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RI find Dr Anderson's insights logical and practical. I highly recommend folks in health care to tap into this overdue tool! Read more
Dr Anderson presents a clear picture of the cutting edge changes occurring in the medical community today. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Karen RN
The Familiar Physician provides an informative history of the Integrated Care model, as well as detailing and promoting this emerging system of care. Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Craig L. Nuckles
I really enjoyed the book. It's a great story about how the medical home discovery was on two separate tracks that converge to form a workable solution to today's broken healthcare... Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by KMV
Dr. Anderson's book provides an insightful analysis of what makes medicine enjoyable and what we must do in the future to preserve it. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Connecticut MD