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Doctor Shortage

New Answers Will Be Needed to Cure America's Doctor Shortage

Paul Alexander | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In today's rapidly changing American health care system, one problem -- a critical shortage of doctors -- threatens to dwarf all other concerns.

The Oncology Crisis

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

Although only a sub-set of the population of medical students will choose cancer as their specialty, it is essential that all medical students have a basic understanding of the biological, social, and psychological issues surrounding cancer and its treatment.

7 Reasons Why the ACA Pot Keeps Boiling Over

Deane Waldman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

It has been over four years signed ACA (originally PPAHCA; colloquially Obamacare) was signed into Law. Why is there at least as much controversy and outright anger today as there was prior to March 23, 2010? There are at least seven reasons why the ACA pot keeps boiling over.

Medical Education: Capitalism's Next Frontier?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Starting a new school is an expensive proposition, which may explain the modest number that have opened in the past decade. But now the private sector may be coming to the rescue by creating proprietary -- or profit-making -- schools to train physicians.

The Doctor Is Out, But the Advanced Practice Provider Can See You Now

Sofia F. Garcia, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sofia F. Garcia, Ph.D.

All of us as patients would do well to make informed decisions about the providers we see based on the fit between their established qualifications and our needs -- not knee-jerk reactions to their titles.

Crisis in Veterans Hospitals and the Shortage of Doctors

John Komlos | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
John Komlos

That veterans have to wait excessively to be treated is not the fault of the VA. The real reason is that that there is a shortage of doctors and not only for veterans but for the whole country.

Obamacare Prediction Was Totally Overblown

Kaiser Health News | Phil Galewitz | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business

Provided by Kaiser Health News: The headlines were ominous: Good luck finding a doctor under Obamacare. Not enough doctors for newly insured. Obama...

Kathleen Miles

How Obamacare Leaves Some People Without Doctors

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business

LOS ANGELES - In January, a doctor told Noam Friedlander, who was suffering from excruciating lower back pain, that she needed surgery to remove p...

This Could Be A Huge Roadblock For Obamacare

Stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Why Americans Won't Sign up for Obamacare

Deane Waldman | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Underlying all the talk about healthcare.gov is the presumption that its technical failures explain why people are not signing up for Obama's health i...

Obamacare Will Show U.S. 'Just How Much Of A Doctor Shortage We Have'

Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

Doctor's offices are about to get more crowded as millions of Americans get coverage under Obamacare. While that's good news for the uninsured, the in...

Kathleen Miles

Controversial Bill Would Allow Nurses To Perform Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.28.2013 | Los Angeles

A bill that has passed the California legislature would allow non-physicians to perform abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy. The bill wou...

Adding Docs Will Boost Health Bill

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

While much of Washington worries about how to constrain Medicare costs, two contrarian legislators want the program to spend $1 billion more annually to fund residency training for new doctors.

A Radical Idea to Solve the Primary Care Physician Shortage

Lorie Eber | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lorie Eber

Why not eliminate this anachronistic charade of the general practitioner and use nurse practitioners and physician assistants to fill the gap? This is already happening in rural areas, which sometimes lack even a single primary care physician.

Naturopathic Doctors Fill in Gap in Physician Shortage

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

With the current and impending shortage of MDs and the increasing openness to natural medicine in the general population, NDs should be high on the list of providers to bridge the gap in our imminent provider shortage.

WATCH: Are Baby Boomers Causing Doctor Shortage?

Posted 11.20.2012 | Fifty

Baby boomers seeking a doctor's appointment may have to wait months -- even if their condition is serious -- due to a shortage of doctors that's growi...

Healthcare Momentum: Our Shared Responsibility

Cyrus Massoumi | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
Cyrus Massoumi

Entrepreneurs should think about how to disrupt healthcare -- and then think about it some more. The startup world is full of thoughtful, brilliant people who will are well positioned to be successful in anything they apply themselves to.

The Health Care Crisis No One Is Talking About

Cyrus Massoumi | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Cyrus Massoumi

The physician shortage problem is well-documented and should not come as a surprise to anyone. But while a scarcity of gasoline or smartphones would grip the nation, this far more dangerous shortage has drawn relatively little attention.

When Will Washington Wake Up?

H. Danny Weaver | Posted 08.08.2012 | College
H. Danny Weaver

With an anticipated shortage of 65,000 physicians by 2015 and 32 million new Americans acquiring health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we are seeing the numbers that don't add up.

A New Form of Health Care Rationing

Steve Jacob | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Steve Jacob

The new health reform law is expected to create 32 million more insured Americans. However, an insurance card will not mean much to patients without providers to care for them.

Doctor Shortage? No Problem

Jim Jaffe | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

In medicine, supply creates demand. Show me an area with more hospital beds and I'll show you one with higher hospital utilization that doesn't improve population health status.

Primary-Care Doctor Shortage May Undermine Health Care Reform Efforts

Washington Post | Ashley Halsey III | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the debate on overhauling the nation's health-care system exploded into partisan squabbling this week, virtually everyone still agreed on one point...

A Kick in the Career: Becoming a Doctor? That is so Dial-Up!

Thomas Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thomas Stern

Increasingly, the concept of a "calling" seems to only exist in sports or the arts. Nike says "just do it," the implication being that you have to, you're driven to.