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Radio Smart Talk: Are there enough primary care doctors in PA?

Written by Megan Lello | Mar 25, 2013 8:29 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, March 25:

In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about doctor shortages in the United States, especially when it comes to primary care physicians.  A study released earlier this year by the U.S. Senate reports the nation is currently short by about 16,000 primary care doctors. It warns that figure could grow to 52,000 by 2025 if no action is taken. 


How is the situation shaping up in the Keystone state? The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians says existing primary care doctors are highly accessible in the commonwealth, and many are even accepting new patients. The group's new report suggests Pennsylvanians who actively seek primary care should be able to obtain it because many family doctors accept patients regardless of their ability to pay.  

As part of witf’s ongoing Transforming Health project, Radio Smart Talk will look at the state of primary care in Pennsylvania, including the growing number of responsibilities placed on family physicians, how the Affordable Care Act affects these doctors, and how medical schools are addressing the growing demand for primary care physicians.

We’ll hear from Dr. Doug Spotts, vice president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, and Dr. C. Richard Schott, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

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  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-03-25 08:13

    There are NOT enough primary care doctors-------but I have a simple solution: we should expand medical regulations to allow veterinarians to also treat humans, so they can treat Fido and You at the same time.

    Sounds like a good idea to me.
    I've found most vets to be superb primary care doctors for animals....and I've yet to find a human being who isn't composed of animal tissue.

  • Joe Conway img 2013-03-25 08:49

    We need to double the number of Doctors and PA's and give them tuition support to work in rural areas and if they accept expanded medical assistance. We should create a track for Psychologists to become prescribers of psychoactive meds also. This would do more to reduce the cost of medical care than anything else, while improving quality of care.

  • katerinepierce img 2015-11-24 10:29

    Most certainly there are not enough primary care doctors, but what can we do? The authorities must come up with a plan to fix this problem, because we depend on doctors. Luckily there are some good online domestic violence classes that come in very handy especially to those who need support to make their lives better.