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View Diary: "Can't choose your own doctor" - What the heck does that mean, anyway? (updated) (106 comments)

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  •  There is a shortage of PCPs regardless... (4+ / 0-)

    ... and that's been known for a while. They don't get paid enough and don't get the respect that specialists get.

    Regardless of who's paying what, there is a big problem coming up (gee, not another one?).

    There needs to be an effort to recruit med students to the field and keep them there. Allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to take some of the load will be necessary also... which means insurers need to recognize such folks as valid providers in their plans.

    •  Even if there was a major federal investment (2+ / 0-)
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      in more primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and PAs it would take a decade to train enough primary care clinicians to meet the demand as more people become insured. However, there isn't even a discussion by the Obama administration, or even a special interest group, to invest in more healthcare providers.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 02:01:27 PM PDT

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