Federal and state agencies are experimenting with paying primary-care physicians enough that they actually spend time with their patients:

Under the various payment experiments, family doctors are encouraged to hire additional staff to help monitor patients’ treatment and follow-up, and to help patients stay ahead of problems by sending reminders when they are due for preventive tests like mammograms and colon exams.

May the long tyranny of emergency rooms and four-hour waits despite an appointment made two months ago come to an end.