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Smart Talk: Is there a shortage of doctors in PA and the state's new apology law

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 15, 2014 4:05 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, January 16, 2014:

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The political debate over the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare was heated and actually continues even though the law has been enacted and most of it is in place.

Opponents of the ACA have jumped on any and all aspects of the new law.  Some criticisms were based in fact, while others weren't or were just pure speculation.

One prediction critics made was that there wouldn't be enough doctors to treat the millions of Americans who would have health insurance.  They predicted a doctor shortage.

Now that the healthcare insurance exchanges are up and running, are the newly uninsured having problems finding doctors?  Bottom line -- are there enough doctors?  Is there a need for certain specialists?  Are there enough doctors in rural Pennsylvania, which was a problem even before Obamacare?

Dr. Bruce MacLeod, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, which represents physicians' interest, will appear on Thursday's Smart Talk along with Dr. John Goldman, an infectious disease specialist with Pinnacle Health to discuss whether Pennsylvania has enough doctors. 

They also will address Pennsylvania's new law that allows doctors to apologize to a patient without it being held against the physician in a malpractice lawsuit.

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Dr. John Goldman & Dr. Bruce MacLeod

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  • Dave img 2014-01-16 09:23

    Nurse practitioners and Physician Assistants are well qualified to manage chronic disease and are often considered PCP's and can impact this decline of physicians practicing in Pennsylvania. Can your guests comment on why these practitioners are not utilized more? I would suggest decreased compensation and the fact similiar incentives for physicians are not available to them.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-01-16 09:39

    stcif01 tweets:

    hope lifting limits on non-doc admined services & allowance of doc immigration are discussed as serious solutions

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