• 1 Department of Social Medicine and Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Family Practitioner, 1986;9(1):31-34.


Ultimately, the majority of our medical graduates ends up in primary health care either in private practice or in the government service. It would be appropriate that their education and training should meet not only the requirements of their eventual vocation, but just as importantly, the expectations of a more discerning community at large. Rising pressures on the profession to provide more cost-effective and affordable health services of good quality would put an increasing emphasis on the development and promotionof primary health care to higher standards. Primary health care workers would be hard-pressed to provide more health information and to actively participate in disease prevention and control as part of their professional duties. As medical specialisation and technology contibute towards more fragmented, complex and dehumanising forms of practice, the greater will be the need for the integrative skills of the primary physician providing personal and continuing care. The future nature of medical care will have to respond to this community demand.