Nine in ten primary care clinicians agree – the size of the primary care workforce and current payment models are not sufficient to meet the COVID-19 related needs of our population. While details regarding long-haul COVID-19 remain unclear, people with extended COVID-19 symptoms will require regular clinical management over time, most likely to occur in primary care settings. COVID surges and worsening population health challenge the resilience of primary care, even as it braces for the long-lasting impact of the pandemic. Nearly half of surveyed clinicians report both that the health of their patients is worse and that hospital and specialty care in their area is limited. Primary care is filling gaps in access even while their workforce has shrunk during the pandemic.
Survey results can be found here.