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Healthcare Impact 2013: Coping With A Shortage Of Doctors – Part III

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The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare is on the runway now, slated to take flight January first of 2014. And the entire health care industry is moving pieces into place. More from News 92 FM’s JP Pritchard in this edition of Health Impact 2013.


Many of those putting it all together are very concerned.  Dr. Thomas Murphy is assistant dean for health policy at UT Med School-Houston. His biggest worry is the current shortage of doctors.

“So with another 50 million patients accessing the system, it’s really pretty clear that we’re going to have a supply and demand problem very quickly.”

He’s basing that on the experience in Massachusetts.

“Prior to MassCare going into effect, which is a similar Obamacare plan, the average wait to see a primary physician was two days. Near the end of 2012, the average wait was 48 days.”

And for those who already have insurance:

“The likelihood that they’ll be able to call up their family doctor and be seen within two to three days is likely not gonna happen,” Murphy said.

But he admits there’s no way of precisely knowing what’s really ahead as Americans change the way they access health care.

Click below to hear JP Pritchard’s interview with Thomas Murphy, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy.


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