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Consequences of Health Reform

Editor’s note: There will be many consequence of health reform — both positive and not so positive. There will be intended consequences and unintended consequences. Rather than rushing into reform a system many have suggested pilots to understand the consequences and deal with them upfront rather than reacting to the outcome of change. Here is one story about the potential impact of reform — supply of providers.

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Primary care shortage could reduce access to care
A growing shortage of primary care physicians combined with health care reform that covers more uninsured, an increased focus on preventive care and an aging U.S. population, could reduce access to medical care for many Americans. Nurse practitioners and physicians assistants could help fill part of the gap, and Congress also is looking at loan forgiveness programs for physicians who choose primary care. USA TODAY

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August 18, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, Health care delivery, healthcare | , ,

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