Why Primary Care Docs Are Underpaid «'s The Science Business

Posted on by Brandon Klein

Ever wonder why our health care system spends so much money for such mediocre results?

One basic reason is the fee-for-service that rewards specialists doing dubious high-tech operations and expensive tests while systematically underpaying primary care docs doing some of the critical work of coordinating care.

New York Times takes on this topic here, covering a study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. The article follows in detail just how much uncompensated work was done in one year at a private family practice in Philadelphia. The doctors are paid only for the patient visits, generally under $100. But according to the New York Times: