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California’s Physician Shortage Likely to Get Worse
The Bay Citizen

Retiring doctors, low Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, and the federal health care reform law are exacerbating California’s shortage of primary care physicians, Bay Area health care providers and medical associations say.

Already, only a quarter of California’s counties meet the recommended ratio of 60 to 80 primary care doctors for every 100,000 residents, according to the California Medical Association. (In the Bay Area, there are 78 primary care physicians for every 100,000 residents.)