Affordable Care Act Expected To Increase Need For Primary Care Doctors

One of the many impacts of the new federal health care legislation is expected to be the demand for more primary care doctors.

One of the many impacts of the new federal health care legislation is expected to be the demand for more primary care doctors.

The federal health care changes will make more Americans eligible for health care, and along with that trend, will be the need for more primary care physicians. Doctor Bridgette Wiefling is vice president of Clinical Innovation at the Rochester General Health System. She notes that there already has been a shortage of primary care doctors around the country.

Wiefling says a recent survey in Monroe County showed that 40 percent of primary care practices are already closed to new patients. She says young people, those in their 20s, may be among those finding it difficult to secure a primary care doctor.

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Source: WXXI News