The renowned Harvard professor Michel Porter, with the collaboration of two GPs, one veteran, Thomas Lee, and the other on training, Erika Pabo, applied to primary care their well known proposals of adding value to clinical performances. Their article, published in Health Affairs, caused me to act cautiously because I didn’t believe any American proposal of reforming primary care could benefit us as we enjoy a much more evolved model. But when I noticed that the first author was Michael Porter, I couldn’t help taking a look.
Primary care (gatekeeper type), Porter and his colleagues say, is now served on a single dish, like a stew (they don’t actually say that). Continuous care prevails, always the same chef for every meal, an almost artistic development, case by case, plate by plate. According to them, this makes it difficult to measure the provided value. On the other hand, the most common model in the US, where the patient goes to a specialist in their own terms, is chaotic and promotes a disproportionate consumption of resources.