The community’s medical community this week again found itself in the main stream of conversation among national leaders concerned about the state of the nation’s health care. It is a local role continuing to grow in significance and one sometimes not fully realized, here and elsewhere.
Dr. Paul Cunningham, dean and senior associate vice chancellor for medical affairs at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, took center stage in this discussion as he testified Tuesday at a meeting of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, a panel chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Cunningham also submitted written answers to committee members’ questions.
“The emphasis will need to shift to managing disease rather than just treating it,” Cunningham said following the hearing. “We’re going to need a lot more primary care doctors to deal with current and future needs.”
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