This is Part I of two posts. Part II outlines how each model fits into the unique needs of different kinds of healthcare users.
One of the very few redeeming qualities of healthcare in America is entrepreneurs are free to create healthcare services and people can purchase those services with their hard earned money. It spurs innovation and it offers Americans a choice. We are a diverse nation and there’s not a one-sized fits all industry anywhere in our country. That’s why this is an exciting time to witness what’s happening in primary care as models are created to find their niche in the kinds of customers that appreciate the different experiences and scope of services offered by the various primary care models available to them. And, most importantly, the connection between all the models and the ultimate goal of each is to improve the health of each patient. This is an attempt to summarize both new and traditional primary care models.