Primary care physicians are going to be a “critical phase” of Obamacare, according to the Washington Post, a statement which makes the following statistic pretty disconcerting:
Of the more than 8,000 physicians licensed to work in the nation’s capital, only 453 are primary care doctors who spend more than 20 hours a week seeing patients, according to a report released Wednesday by the D.C. Board of Medicine.
Six days ahead of Obamacare’s implementation, when Americans lacking health insurance will be able to have the chance to sign up for coverage under the new government-run exchanges, some expect the lack of primary physicians in the nation’s capital to be extremely costly.
“It’s likely that will put the squeeze on, and being able to see a primary care doctor is going to get worse,” said Janis Orlowski, board chair.
Bloomberg reports on similar concerns at the Holy Cross Hospital health center in Aspen Hill, Maryland: