One doctor’s path to a career as a primary care physician.
The Obama administration — and, arguably, the American health-care system — desperately needs more doctors to choose primary care. Decades of research have confirmed that more specialists lead to more specialty care, which leads to a more expensive system. Now, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, tens of millions of previously uninsured Americans will be looking for a primary-care doctor. The success of health-care reform, then, rests on young doctors choosing a field where they will be paid less and work more. Who would sign up for that? Jacob Edwards, for one. He’s a 34-year-old resident in Washington, D.C. And he sees primary care as a way to “bridge the gap” between medical care and underserved communities. Here, he examines Lerner Medley, 1, at the Children's Health Center. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Buy Photo