March 25, 2013 (Marketplace — American Public Media) It can be tough to see a primary care physician today. Just wait till next year when another 30 million patients or so get insurance under Obamacare.
"We need all hands on deck. We need more family physicians. We need
more primary care nurse practitioners, we need more physicians
assistants…we need pharmacists. Everyone with a focus on the patient,”
says Dr. Wanda Filer, a physician in York, Penn., and board member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The nation is facing a shortage of primary care physicians. Estimates
range from several thousand today to 52,000 by 2050. Annual spending on
primary care is approximately $200 billion.
Not surprisingly, nurse practitioners, physician assistants,
pharmacists and others are raising their hands to help fill the growing
gap in coverage.