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Top doc predicts shortage of care

on December 11, 2013 10:30 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — The Pennsylvania Medical Society president said a brief shortage of physicians is likely as more people in Pennsylvania get insurance under the federal health care law.

Dr. Bruce MacLeod said Tuesday there also could be shortages of certain specialists.

For the most part, MacLeod said the state’s current health care system can absorb the newly insured, since they’re already here and often being treated in free clinics and emergency rooms.

He said it’s predictable that primary care physicians will be in higher demand and that could mean longer waits to get an appointment until more physicians graduate from medical schools.

But he said the newly insured will have to start using the system before it’ll be clear what kind of specialists or surgeons are in higher demand.

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