Critical Challenges: Revitalizing the Health Professions for the Twenty-First Century
American health care is experiencing fundamental change. What was recently conceived as a set of policy changes for reform is now being lent the form and weight of institutional reality by the enormous power of the trillion-dollar health care market. In five brief years the organizational, financial and legal framework of much of health care in the U.S. has been transformed to emerging systems of integrated care that combine primary, specialty and hospital services. This third report of the Pew Health Professions Commission is intended to be a guide to health care professionals, schools and governing and policy bodies that direct their efforts in how to survive and thrive in this radically different health care world.