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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