Primary care shortage could reduce access to care

08/18/2009 | USA Today

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.

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