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Got A Health Insurance Plan? Find a Primary Care Doctor Now

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One of the effects of healthcare reform is an influx of previously uninsured patients. While the bulk of the 32 million without health insurance will not have coverage until 2014, some will be insured a few months from now due to Medicaid expansions and the like. Experts are predicting that the new patients will struggle to find coverage, due to a shortage of primary care doctors.

70% of all doctors in the U.S. practice specialties, which come with higher pay and more flexible working hours. That leaves the country about 40,000 primary care physicians short.

What does this mean for you? If you already have a health insurance plan, choose a primary care doctor if you haven’t already. Many doctors will close their offices to new clients once their patient load is full, and having one doctor for preventative care is ideal for health reasons. This is especially important if you live in one of the areas of the country that is considered under-served, which 65 million Americans do.

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