The doctor is too tired to see you now.
August 14, 2013 Some primary care doctors feel a bit like airline ticket agents. Seeing patients is like trying to find seats for passengers on an oversold airplane. Someone's going to leave the office unhappy, and the computer work never seems to stop.
We'd all like a medical genius like TV's Dr. Gregory House to rescue us from a life-threatening crisis. But what can he do to prevent diabetes?
July 3, 2013 The American health system is well-suited to fixing acute problems. But chronic issues, such as diabetes and obesity, have proved challenging. Prevention could reduce the risks, yet the approach hasn't taken hold. Here's a leading medical thinker's take on why, and how to fix things.
Nurse Practioner Tina Clark examines Anastacia Casperson at the Glide Health Clinic in San Francisco.
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio/Flickr
May 9, 2013 Some 15 states are expected to consider giving advanced practice nurses more independence and authority this year. It's part of a push to meet increased demand for primary care as more people get insurance under the health law.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/182331300/182517050" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., will open this fall. The school has a specific mission: minting doctors who want to go into primary care practice.
April 2, 2013 Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., is spending $100 million to open a medical school in the fall. Its goal is to have more than 50 percent of its graduates go into primary care.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/175945921/175997118" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Group therapy is popular in mental health circles. Are group appointments for medical conditions worth a try?
March 19, 2013 Getting quality time with your doctor might be easier in a group. With primary care doctors in short supply, some are turning to group appointments. Proponents say the approach has advantages, including the chance to learn from fellow patients.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor