Obama administration concerned about growing shortage of primary-care doctors

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  1. Ps104_33

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    Washington -- Obama administration officials, alarmed at doctor shortages, are looking for ways to increase the number of physicians to meet the needs of an aging population and millions of uninsured people who would gain coverage under legislation championed by the president................
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    Miriam Harmatz, a lawyer in Miami, said: "My longtime primary-care doctor left the practice of medicine five years ago because she could not make ends meet. The same thing happened a year later. Since then, many of the doctors I tried to see would not take my insurance because the payments were so low."

    To cope with the growing shortage, federal officials are considering several proposals. One would increase enrollment in medical schools and residency training programs. Another would encourage greater use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. A third would expand the National Health Service Corps, which deploys doctors and nurses in rural areas and poor neighborhoods.

    http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2009/04/obama_administration_concerned.html

    The answer is that when you open your phone book to look for a doctor you will think that you are in Istanbul
     
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    There are two parts to the health care problem in this country. One is the number of people who can afford a primary care physician which leads to the second problem, a shortage of primary care physicians if we were to make health care affordable.

    Since emergency room visits and specialist are the biggest cost on the system, the key to controlling cost is getting more people exposed to a primary care doctor.

    Ex... If a diabetic can has a primary care doctor who can control their diabetes via advice and medications etc... it will reduce the number of emergency room visits the diabetic will make which the tax payers eventually pay.

    IOW, it is cheaper for the tax payers to pay for the primary care than the emergency room visits... I know it sucks but it really is the lesser of the two evils.
     

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