CHICAGO (AP) — A new model for health care is intended to promote a shift toward a system where doctors treat people — rather than symptoms.
This individualized approach is called “person-centered care” or “patient-centered care,” and is based on the concept that costs can be reined in by preventing expensive emergency room visits.
It’s beginning to take hold among those who care for the sickest and oldest patients.
But the fee-for-service model — where doctors are paid for the services they provide regardless of the outcome— remains the main system in the United States.
One hurdle is getting people to buy into the concept.
A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals skepticism among those who have not tried this new kind of care.