Chronic disease puts spotlight on primary care shortage

09/9/2009 | USA Today

Almost 50% of people in the U.S. have a chronic condition, and some experts say the lack of a robust primary care system means patients don't get the proper care. Regional and local programs across the country are seeking to address prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, while other experts are hoping health care reform will ease primary care shortages, such as through medical homes and the increased use of nurse practitioners.

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