This commentary is by Melissa Volansky, M.D., a family physician and chief medical officer at Lamoille Health Partners, based in Morrisville.

I hope many read the excellent recent article by Colin Flanders in Seven Days decrying Vermont’s impending loss of independent physician practices. We cannot afford to lose these vital professionals.

Sadly, by pitting independent practitioners against those of us employed by larger systems, this article misses the critical point. All rural primary care faces extinction. If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until there’s no primary care at all. That is where we are headed.  Continue reading….