Minn. Faces Shortage Of Primary Care Doctors

Watch out for scare tactics, what we have is already very frightening!

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Primary care physicians are more readily available in Minnesota than most of the country, but experts say the state faces a looming shortage and only partly because of the federal health care overhaul that will extend coverage to around 300,000 uninsured residents.

Minnesota ranks ninth nationally in total active primary care physicians per 100,000 people, with 4,938 doctors to serve nearly 5.3 million people as of 2010, according to American Medical Association data. To the extent that access to primary care physicians is a problem in the state, figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services point to the state’s Indian reservations and some sparsely populated counties in far northern Minnesota.

The Minnesotans who will gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act aren’t the main worry for Mark Schoenbaum, director of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Minnesota Department of Health…

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Doesn’t this bother anyone??? I guess it is just me.

Tort Burger - Hold the Reform

According to Forbes. the Supreme Court of Oklahoma struck down a tort reform package the Oklahoma legislature passed in 2009.  The single law included numerous tort reform provisions, including a cap on non-economic damages and the requirement that an expert affidavit be filed with the petition in certain negligence cases.

The Supreme Court ruled that the law violated a constitutional requirement that a bill deal with a single subject.  The purpose of the law is to prevent a lawmaker from adding provisions to a bill that a lawmaker would feel log-rolled into agreeing with, in order to pass the provisions of the bill the lawmaker agrees with.

This news comes just days after a report out of Tulsa, by KJRH, that two more of Dr. Scott Harrington’s patients have tested positive for hepatitis.  If you have not previously seen the reports, Dr. Harrington is a dentist in Oklahoma…

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Like Shattered Glass…

ImageTuesday, January 4, 2005 10:21 pm

                                                           Subject:  A DEAD END


As I sat with my son today

he asked me in his own way

questions about life and death

my poor little boy is only six


many might not think much of this

but in our house it happened

life and death

where was his sister

where is  Jess?


Mommy you were a baby

then you growed up 

and growed up and 

growed up


Yes sweetie, Mommy 

grew up and then I had you


Daddy was a baby 

then he growed up

and growed up and

growed up


Yes honey, Daddy

grew up and then we had you


Jessie was a baby

then she growed up…


No son,

Jessie didn’t get to grow up

she got to be 7 and 

now she’s in Heaven


Mommy, I was a baby

and now I am growed up

and will I still grow up 

and up, and up


Yes son, you will grow up

and then you will be a man

with a very kind heart

and a compassionate hand


I looked at him

I fought back tears

I held him and said

Do you know how much I love you son?

Yes I do, I love you too Mom


This is what he meant

in our session today

the one thing that stuck

in my mind all day


I said they were my lifeline

my sweet little boys

No, he said, you’ve got that wrong

you are their lifeline

you are their Mom


Thinking about her…

will never end

and wishing leads to pain

again and again


I have to stop doing this

again and again

it leads to nothing

it’s just a dead end…