"There is nothing that says we need more primary care doctors or other kinds of doctors. General surgery is another area where a lot of communities are struggling. There is nothing in the payment that says you need to produce these kinds of doctors or produce doctors who are going into certain areas to serve the need that America has."
Consider these findings from Chen and her colleagues:
Chen and her colleagues say policymakers should examine the skewed incentives that have led to the ongoing primary care crisis and the lack of physicians in underserved areas, and develop a more accountable GME system. Of course there are other nagging issues out there that disincentivize primary care, especially the huge compensation gap between primary care physicians and their specialist colleagues.