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View Diary: Another Republican Obamacare myth debunked: You can still get a doctor's appointment (41 comments)

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  •  We need added incentives and scholarships (4+ / 0-)
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    dksbook, HugoDog, TrueBlueDem, ER Doc

    for qualified med school students to increase the number of doctors our schools produce and the primary care clinics that open.  Like right now.

    Your kids are more than a test score, and so are their teachers.

    by gtnoah on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:43:42 AM PDT

    •  We also need a hell of a lot more (2+ / 0-)
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      nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as physician's assistants as  allowed by state law.

    •  That's not the bottleneck. (2+ / 0-)
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      The bottleneck is the number of residency slots. If twice as many people went to medical school (which means expanding the schools, not just more scholarships), half of them would be unable to find residency slots when they finished. That's not at all useful.

      There are people working on this, but it's not a simple matter.

      What is more doable in the short run is increasing the slots available to train nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants, who are fully capable of handling a lot of the routine primary care tasks.

      The other useful route -- which is built into the ACA -- is incentives for new docs who choose to enter primary care rather than higher-paid (and over-populated) specialties. But it will take 5-10 years for that to make a significant impact on the number of primary care docs.

      •  Agreed. Like most things... (1+ / 0-)
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        ER Doc

        We should have started much earlier on this.  Americans have no foresight.

        Your kids are more than a test score, and so are their teachers.

        by gtnoah on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:41:38 PM PDT

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      •  Sleep Deprivation Slots (0+ / 0-)

        Why are residents worked for such extremely long shifts that they're sleep deprived, if there's a shortage of slots and an oversupply of applicants? Is the sleep deprivation by design, hazing them into accepting all the other extremes of the healthcare biz?

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Wed May 14, 2014 at 07:28:47 PM PDT

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