Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Patients are waiting 48 days for non-urgent appointments in Massachusetts to see their doctor because the need for primary care doctors is so high. The problem is that there is no pipeline to fill this need. Why? Not enough residents want to go into the field and the big institutions (Harvard, etc) are not supportive. This is sign of things to come. Without a change in the way family docs and internists are paid, there will a massive gap in primary care in this country when new patients get insurance and want to use them. And sorry, no other "providers" can fill this gap like physicians.
Posted by Authentic Medicine Blog at 5:48 AM