Where Have All The Doctors Gone? What Physician Supply Means For Health Reform

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First published 3/21/11 on Health Populi

The good news that was packaged in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), that is, health reform, was that millions of uninsured Americans would receive health insurance coverage through the Medicaid program. But insurance doesn’t equal access; there’s a limiting factor that’s a formidable obstacle in many of these millions of newly-insured people getting care: the physician supply in the U.S., which varies from region to region of the U.S.

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