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US primary care is on verge of collapse, says doctors' body

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:320
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The American College of Physicians believes the US primary care system is nearing collapse, blaming problems with payments to doctors and the fact that young doctors are choosing more lucrative specialties over internal medicine.

    The college released proposals on 30 January for sweeping reforms. It warned that, if they were not enacted, “within a few years there will not be enough primary care physicians to take care of an ageing population with increasing incidences of chronic diseases.”

    The …

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