More Health Coverage, but Fewer Doctors

That Obamacare will open the doors to consistent health care for more people is a good thing, but it will also make a predicted nationwide shortage of doctors even worse unless steps are taken to increase the number of physicians.

Of particular concern is the growing scarcity of family-practice doctors in an era when physicians tend to specialize in fields that help them pay off their medical-school loans quicker.

The imminent doctor shortage reminds some of us older folk of life way back in mid-20th-century America, when there not only seemed to be an adequate supply of physicians, but you also could call on one to make house calls even in non-life-threatening situations. That was true even in poor black neighborhoods like mine in Birmingham, Ala.

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