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How good is your PCP?

In an interesting article, the Gooznews website asks “How good is your primary care physician?” The answer, at least for the U.S., is not so good.

Referencing a 2006 Health Affairs survey of primary care physicians in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Gooznews cites the slow adaption rate of electronic medical records in the U.S. and a lack of after hours care as reasons for the Americans’ below average scores. The website continues:

“I know what my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are today; but I have no idea what they were five years ago. And neither does my doctor.

And we’re the high-tech society?.”