How is the shortage of primary care physicians affecting quality of care delivered in the U.S.?

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Research question:  ”How is the shortage of primary care physicians affecting quality of care delivered in the U.S.?”

 

  • stats on physician shortages
  • Factors decreasing the amount of med students (financial/student loan debt, insurance reimbursements)
  • How can healthcare reform help?
  • What efforts are currently being made to increase the amount of PCPs? (NYU free med school for PCPs)
  • Where are physician shortages most prevalent? (rural areas, low SES)
  • Why choose a career in primary care?
  • Can tasks usually performed by PCP be done by another trained healthcare professional?
  • Can the addition of NP’s and PA’s lessen the burden on PCP’s?
  • Work hours much longer for PCPs than specialists
  • Supply & demand (aging population)
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