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Doctor Shortage Looms in Health Care Reform
Yahoo! News

Few would argue with the notion that health care reform will result in huge changes in the way physicians practice and patients receive care. But on the front lines, doctors themselves possess unparalleled insight into how these shifting sands will impact their own ranks — and that awareness inspires dread in many of them. Combined with an aging population, the influx of nearly 32 million newly insured people into the U.S. health care system by 2016 — a direct result of the Affordable Care Act — will lead to an unavoidable consequence: a shortage of primary-care physicians, the doctors we see when we have the flu or need to monitor chronic illnesses such as diabetes.

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