The kick off of National Primary Care Week 2011 was yesterday! It began with a bit of technical difficulty, but with the collaboration of many student minds, we got the projector up and running and the first presentation was underway. About 100 students representing all of the OHSU schools came and enjoyed delicious falafel sandwiches and chicken shwarma while we listened to Dr. Gluckman share his ideas about how and where we can make changes to improve the state of US health care. He reminded us that despite having the most expensive health care system in the world, we still have a long way to go in terms of achieving good health outcomes. How can we begin to work on this? With an emphasis on primary care!
States with greater numbers of primary care providers are associated with better health outcomes, fewer hospitalizations, fewer ED visits, and fewer surgeries. This means healthier patients and lower costs. I would love to live in a world that provided unlimited care, irrespective of cost, to attain tremendous health outcomes. However, this is not reality; we need to achieve good outcomes for our patients in a sustainable way. The cost of health care is an increasing burden on our society and is beginning to seriously impinge upon other social services.
Now more than ever the medical field needs primary care providers! Come learn more about this critical field by coming to one of the other events we have planned for the week. We promise to provide you with more delicious food, but this time, without the technical difficulties.