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What Is a Primary Care Coalition?

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  • Written By: A. Leverkuhn
  • Edited By: Andrew Jones
  • Last Modified Date: 15 April 2018
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A primary care coalition is a coalition made of medical practices or medical providers, or other groups involved in the medical field. These coalitions operate to provide more modern strategies for delivering primary care to patients. They are generally created according to the national health systems of various countries.

Primary care is a specific type of health care. Primary care is the basic front-line type of health care that patients get from a family doctor, or in other words, a primary care provider. This is in contrast to the different kinds of health care provided by specialists or specific departments of a hospital or health care facility. Primary care involves routine health screenings and consultations about potential health conditions, where primary care physicians often refer a patient with actual acute conditions to a specialist.

In many cases, a primary care coalition is made up of a group of primary care practices or doctor’s offices. These individual practices collaborate to offer more options for patients in a community. They generally serve a community’s need for available and affordable front-line primary health care.

Other kinds of primary care coalitions involve higher-level state or national agencies. In these cases, the primary care coalition might actually represent a new model for providing these basic kinds of health care. In the United States, where the health insurance-based structure of the general primary care industry is a problem for many patients, a primary care coalition might operate at the state level to explore other models for providing this basic type of health care. Many primary care coalitions exist to streamline the ways that patients receive care, making primary care less expensive, less confusing, or more accessible to the general public.

Different primary care coalitions have their own structures, agendas, and objectives. Patients can review the outreach materials of a particular primary care coalition to see what it offers in terms of affordable care or efficient primary health care services. How a primary care coalition works with national health systems or private health insurance companies will affect what it is able to offer to members of a local community. For example, in countries with a private insurance based model, a primary care coalition can choose to take advantage of contractual arrangements with insurers, or to bypass some common aspects of an insurance-based model to make care more efficient.

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