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Healthcare Impact 2013: Understanding the Affordable Care Act – Part VII

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What’s ahead under Obamacare?  Good things, yes — among them, coverage for many who don’t have insurance now, and help for those with pre-existing conditions.  But in this edition of Health Impact 2013,  News 92 FM’s JP Pritchard explains there are some hassles ahead, too.

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To be specific, there will be too few physicians to care for all those newly-insured Americans.  University of Texas-Houston Medical School Professor Dr. Thomas Murphy says patients will need to be patient to see a doctor.  “They will probably be waiting days, weeks or perhaps even longer.”

Dr. Patricia Stark is dean of the University of Texas-Houston School of Nursing, where they are working hard to produce more nurses with Masters and PhD degrees.  She says, “The advanced practice nurse is going to be able to help with that shortage of physicians.”  Dr. Stark says that is because these highly trained nurses can, in many ways, perform at the level of family doctors.

Problem is, these practicioners are also in short supply, so Stark’s nursing school is cranking hard to graduate more.  And, she says, there is some federal funding,

“In the Affordable Care Act, a provision was made to train more nurses at this advanced practice level.”  But Stark adds, there’ll need to be a nationwide effort to turn out enough new advanced practice nurses, and more doctors, to meet the coming need.


JP Pritchard also spoke further with Dr Patricia Stark, Dean of the University of Texas-Houston School of Nursing and one of her major goals right now is turning out as many “advanced practice” nurses as possible, to serve the coming crush of patients that will soon be insured under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare.

 A nationally-known expert in nursing education and recruitment, Patricia L. Starck, DSN, RN, FAAN, has made it her mission to attract and educate dedicated, caring individuals to the nursing profession.  A native of Georgia , she has served as dean of The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston since 1984. Under her leadership, the school has earned repeated distinctions as one of the top nursing schools in the country.

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SEE MORE: View more of JP Pritchard’s series on the Affordable Care Act.

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