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Commentary: An unhealthy trend: Fewer Americans have a primary care doctor

"It's going to be like breaking up with everyone you know."

That's what a colleague predicted three years ago when I took a new job in Chicago and would leave hundreds of my primary care patients in Boston.

She was right. Six months of serial breakups.

I had spent a good part of the prior 15 years developing deep relationships with my patients, learning about their medical problems and, more important, their lives and their hopes. Knowing my patients helped me deliver better medical

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