Report Shows ACA Has Not Led To Physician Shortage As Predicted

NBC News (7/16, Fox) reports that despite the many warnings that “Obamacare was going to create a crush of pent-up medical demand,” a new study shows that visits to physicians actually “appear to be down slightly over 2013.” A research team at Athenahealth found that “Most specialty types did not see higher new patient visit rates for the first five months of 2014 than they did in the same period in 2013. Indeed, with the exception of pediatrics, all specialties are seeing lower new patient visit rates in 2014 compared to 2013.”

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— “The Obamacare Surge? No Sign of Pent-Up Doctor Demand Yet,” Maggie Fox, NBC News, July 15, 2014.

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