“If we’re going to close the primary-care physician gap, we need to graduate twice as many family physicians as we are now graduating,” she said.
“The legislation does several things to move the needle that way,” Heim explained
On the upside, if health-care reform can generate more new primary-care practices, it will actually help stimulate local economies, Heim suggested.
Like me that one argues it wasn't enough but a step in the right direction.
The legislation also attempts to increase the attractiveness of primary care practice by providing bonuses to primary care physicians. Much smaller amounts of funds would be allocated for enhancing teaching of primary care in medical schools and residencies – this is the only strategy to establish an adequate primary care infrastructure.
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•Encouraging primary care doctors: The law offers incentives to increase the number of primary care physicians, nurses and physicians assistants, especially in underserved areas. It also provides increased support to rural healthcare providers, who often face obstacles to serving their communities.
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Again, all you have to do is look.