Mayor wants block grant funds to go to 'core areas' - Sentinel & Enterprise
There are 5 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 21, 2010, titled Mayor wants block grant funds to go to 'core areas' - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:Officials in North Central Massachusetts hospitals and medical networks said this week they are actively recruiting primary-care physicians to try to stave off the effects of a statewide shortage of general-practice doctors.
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#1 Oct 21, 2010
Wow. This is not exactly unknown folks. It has been known for years.
Our new boondoggle of federal healthcare "reform" will not exactly make it any better either.
The nation's population is growing, is older, and is living longer with chronic disease.
At the same time, medical schools are graduating the same number of providers (give or take) that they did 20 years ago. But the age of providers is getting older, large numbers are due to retire in the next several years, and no one is there to fill the gap.
Meanwhile Medicaid and Medicare are reimbursing at lower rates and these doctors and practices actually LOSE money taking care of these patients.
Massachusetts' healthcare "reform" passed in 2006 actually made Primary Care matters worse, now giving us the longest wait times for new patients in the nation......which is only going to get worse.
And there is no such thing as a "Physician's Assistant." They are Physician Assistants.
I would not expect the "stellar" reporting at the Sentinel to actually include any real, solid reporting though. That would be just asking too much from the Fourth Estate.
Since: Jun 13
#2 Jun 4, 2013
#3 Jun 4, 2013
A new out of med school doctor is not going into the general practice field anymore. The monthly expense of paying back a med school loan is $ 4,000 per month for 30 years. Malpractice insurance is $70,000 per year. At least $110k per year will be needed to cover their loans and insurance and most small general practice associates will not cover this plus their personal salary. General practice has always been for a doctor who is loan free and may want to cruise thru their last years before retirement.
Med school students realize they have to specialize in a field and be recruited by a hospital or large organization just to cover their med school loans and insurance. They are not going to go into general practice to make $40K per year after all their expenses are taken out and for all their time they spent in med school.
Everyone has gone back to school and getting their doctorates now. We have more doctors now than ever. Schools are producing more doctors than ever. The problem is they cannot afford to be in a general practice setting.
The general practice field was a common field of study for doctors who are now in their 60’s & 70’s that are ready to retire but times have changed and so has med school.
Most students are frowned upon if they state they will be going into general practice after med school.“why would you do that and how can you afford it?“ is the typical question.
Maybe if it is a family practice where other family members become doctors and they can rely on each other for financial support.
#4 Jun 4, 2013
For an idiot you really have no idea what you're talking about.
#5 Jun 4, 2013
Hey dumb dumb, my son is a doctor.
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