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MED. ECO: “How federal policy has worsened the U.S. primary care shortage”

March 25, 2017 | By Peter C. Cook, MD, MPH

Loud and clear warnings forecasting the current shortage of primary care physicians in the United States date back to the early 2000s.  Of almost 12,000 primary care physicians responding to a 2008 Physicians Foundation Survey, about half stated they would consider leaving medicine.[1] A CNN report summarizing the findings stated that “many [primary care physicians] said they are overwhelmed with their practices, not because they have too many patients, but because there’s too much red tape generated from insurance companies and government agencies.”[2]



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