Link Round Up: Jan 22-28

Link Round Up: Jan 22-28

By William JA Pinnock

This week’s Link Round UP starts off as a real emotional rollercoaster with our first two articles and then ends with a peak at a possible future of health care. First, we are going to give praise to primary care physicians for all they do in a fantastic New Yorker article. Then we are going to bite our nails at the words that are being spoken about health care in America. Finally, we look through our time and space binoculars at what could be the future for whole person care.

The New Yorker recently published a fantastic article on the importance of primary care physicians. It’s a wonderfully written article and is so jam packed with information, it’s difficult to quickly summarize. You just need to read it and thank your primary care doctor after for all they do.

Currently, the future of health care in the United States is uncertain and adding to that uncertainty is a proposed idea to defund Planned Parenthood because the patients can just go to community health centers for care. Yet, experts say “the nation’s community health centers don’t have the staffing or funding to handle the estimated 400,000 people who could lose access to care if Planned Parenthood’s federal Medicaid funding is shuttered.” Read more about this debate and growing concern here.

Finally, we will end today with a look at a model of health care that focuses on the whole person: the Social Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Instead of focusing only on health care, the Social ACO will focus on social factors that are putting undue pressure on patients. Read more about Social ACOs here.