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Payment and the Future of Primary Care

Paul B. Ginsburg, PhD
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Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(3):233-234. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-138-3-200302040-00020
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Primary care has been on a roller coaster. It was pushed to the forefront in the mid-1990s by managed care, and as a result its scope and authority increased (1). But the backlash against managed care and its transformation to a less restrictive model with less emphasis on primary care dealt a serious setback to primary care. It is most timely that Annals is publishing this supplement examining primary care's future (2).

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