Primary care concerns intensified by pandemic

INUNDATED: Dr. Brian Kwetkowski is a general practitioner with his own practice in East Greenwich. Since the onset of COVID-19, he has been inundated with calls from patients and nonpatients seeking authorization for tests, as well as other medical problems. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
INUNDATED: Dr. Brian Kwetkowski is a general practitioner with his own practice in East Greenwich. Since the onset of COVID-19, he has been inundated with calls from patients and nonpatients seeking authorization for tests, as well as other medical problems. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Hospitals dominate headlines when it comes to caring for those sick with ­COVID-19. But the pandemic has also put a spotlight on an oft-overlooked segment of medicine: primary care physicians, who are screening patients and giving the authorization needed for most COVID-19 tests, as well as continuing to treat unrelated illnesses and to perform routine…

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