BY JERALD WINAKUR
Traditional primary-care doctors are finding themselves, and their patients, squeezed by the government and the marketplace.
I call my cousin Irene regularly. She is 90, frail, living alone in New York in an apartment in Queens, and I worry about her. This time there is distress in her voice:
“I just don’t know what I’m going to do. I got a letter from my doctor, the one I’ve been seeing for a long time. It said she was making some changes to her practice. I had to go to a reception at a hotel in Manhattan where the details would be explained. I have such a hard time getting into the city, so I called her …