Health overhaul likely to strain doctor shortage

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Posted: Mar 29, 2010 5:22 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: health care, national, primary care, doctors, shortage, 2014, law, insurance

Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and with the new health overhaul law, newly insured patients will put an extra strain on the supply.

Only 30 percent of U.S. doctors currently practice primary care, and 65 million people live in areas designated as having a shortage of primary care physicians.

Recently published reports predict a shortfall of about 40,000 primary care doctors over the next decade.

It's a field losing out to the better pay and hours of many other specialties.

Provisions in the new law offering things such as bonus payments for certain physicians to reverse the trend.

Nationally, the big surge for primary care won't start until 2014.

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