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Book and Media Reviews
August 8, 2007

Primary Care in the Twenty-First Century—An International Perspective

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(6):685-690. doi:10.1001/jama.298.6.687

The delivery of primary care services remains a challenge for health care systems worldwide. The importance and role of primary care isn't easily measured in dollars and cents but has to be considered as a personalized public service and essential for the social cohesion and stability of any society. Across the world, health care is being transformed and often delivered in a decentralized fashion. Accordingly, primary care and especially family medicine are no longer discrete enterprises, but have to define their roles within the new world of partnerships, public health improvement, popular trust, and potential profitability.

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