Opinion: Pharmacists Could Help Fill Primary Care Gap
While the U.S. is expected to face a growing shortage of primary care physicians over the coming years, pharmacists "could help fill the gap" by helping patients with chronic diseases manage their conditions, R. Pete Vanderveen -- dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California -- writes in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. He concludes, "What we need is a new health care delivery model in which the primary care physician is complemented by a team of professionals and providers. Congress should enable pharmacists to become part of that team."
- "How To Care for 30 Million More Patients" (Vanderveen, Wall Street Journal, 7/19).