Primary care is not bouncing back to its pre-pandemic status, according to a new survey published by the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) and Larry A. Green Center.
Since mid-March these organizations have issued short weekly and biweekly surveys to US primary care physicians in an attempt to find the pulse of the county’s first line of care. “There is not a federal office for primary care, and it’s been anemically funded for decades,” Rebecca Etz, PhD, told Medscape Medical News. Yet these clinics represent the front lines of US healthcare, and it’s where most Americans go for care and COVID-19 care, said Etz, director of the Virginia-based Larry A. Green Center, which is devoted to primary care research, development, and advocacy.
The latest survey responses, collected between September 4 to 6, confirm what researchers had suspected: primary care isn’t on solid footing. Eighty-one percent of respondents disagreed emphatically that