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Medical School Students Shun
Primary Care as Demand Rises

Bloomberg News, by Shannon Pettypiece

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 12/5/2012 9:08:24 AM

More than three-quarters of U.S. medical students continue to shun primary care for higher-paying specialties, setting the stage for a shortage of doctors as the population ages and health care expands, a study found. Among medical residents who aren’t planning a career in surgery or pediatrics, 22 percent said they expect to go into internal medicine or primary care with the rest planning on fields like cardiology or dermatology, a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. About 20 to 25 percent of students have chosen primary care

Author gently tiptoes around the Obamacare affect on this trend.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ok state mom, 12/5/2012 9:13:56 AM     (No. 9049537)

All the more reason to go to nurse practitioner school.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NYBruin, 12/5/2012 9:15:01 AM     (No. 9049539)

Not to worry. Under Obama´s new immigration policies, we´ll soon have plenty of doctors from Bangladesh, Malawi and Cuba

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Michaelus, 12/5/2012 9:20:19 AM     (No. 9049549)

The Feds control exactly how many doctors go through required residency programs mainly via Medicare funding. They control the income of doctors via Medicaid reimbursement rates. The reason there are not enough primary care doctors is because of the Government - end of story.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: gustavwasa, 12/5/2012 9:22:33 AM     (No. 9049555)

Don´t worry - Obama with just nationalize doctors through a draft-like law,and the government will order them to be general practitioners. As long as we get free birth control - who cares.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MattMusson, 12/5/2012 9:25:38 AM     (No. 9049559)

In 10 years - your primary care physician will be made of silcon.

You will put a drop of blood, pee and spit onto a strip that will plug into your IPAD and it will run a full diagnostic panel - and tell you what the problem is.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MrYules, 12/5/2012 9:50:50 AM     (No. 9049627)

The article spins a few facts into a diatribe against freedom of choice, as though physicians were public property that should be used wherever someone else decides they should be used. Meanwhile the not-just-useless-but-destructive big bankers loot millions in bonuses and billions/trillions in "government" transfer payments (from the rest of us) while contributing nothing to their fellow man except a ruined economy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: HPmatt, 12/5/2012 9:53:35 AM     (No. 9049635)

A new GP will be lucky to make $125k a year. Doesn´t begin to pay for $500k in tuition costs for college & medical school, let alone 4 extra years of your life spent in school.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Salt5792, 12/5/2012 9:57:02 AM     (No. 9049642)

Old News!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: gagolfer, 12/5/2012 10:02:49 AM     (No. 9049649)

4 years in medical school PLUS the years in residency. For Primary Care/Internal Medicine residency is 3 years minimum, so the very least after college is 7 years before making any money. To branch out from Internal Med to cardiology, endocronolgy, etc. is years more of residency. My son is an Internist and they are not making a fortune. You have to really want to be a Primary Care physician and be dedicated to do it, believe me.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mickturn, 12/5/2012 10:11:29 AM     (No. 9049682)

Proving it´s all about da money!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/5/2012 10:22:14 AM     (No. 9049707)

#5, you must be a star trek fan.
Remember ´bones´ mccoy, who had that magic device for diagnosis??

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Up2Here, 12/5/2012 10:51:08 AM     (No. 9049800)

Has anyone reasoned why most of the government doctors in England are muslims?

Third world trained doctors for a third world electorate. Coming here soon.

Good times.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: wendybird, 12/5/2012 11:17:44 AM     (No. 9049889)

Maybe they figured out that they aren’t reimbursed for the fifteen minutes it takes to explain to patients that the “free physical” Obamacare promised isn’t really free, and isn’t really a physical.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/5/2012 11:29:31 AM     (No. 9049936)

I have asked several Liberals that if we add some 30 million new people to Obamacare and we don´t add any new doctors, who is going to take care of these people? None of them had an intelligent answer.

I then asked, since they will cut medicare payments to doctors and the doctors retire or go to another business what will you do then? The answer to that one is that Doctors can´t afford to waste all that training and won´t quit.

Now one sees why I laugh when they try to tell me Liberals are intelligent.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: valinva, 12/5/2012 11:43:47 AM     (No. 9049970)

This will all get fixed when the govt starts setting salaries for medical personel to control costs. they will all make the same amount. If teh drs decided to works less, the govt will mandate that they work in free clinics in order to keep their license. Problem solved.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: snichols, 12/5/2012 1:23:59 PM     (No. 9050154)

A gastro doctor told me last week, that his daughter decided that she didn´t want to come into his business, but rather became a vet. He also said that in the future it will be physician assistants that will be doing the primary care for most of us.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/5/2012 9:46:08 PM     (No. 9050742)

My local hospitals & specialists just dropped UHC.UHC is partnered w/ ObamaCare so you can see whats coming.... they´ve lowered reimbursements & require tremendous documentation.

I haven´t seen my doc for 18 months. You see nurse practitioners & the doc becomes a paper pusher.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/5/2012 9:48:56 PM     (No. 9050745)

Almost forgot! After my rheumatologist dropped UHC, I went on UHC´s website to find an approved doc.... They were all in Puerto Rico!

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