No Primary Doc Shortage for Medicare Patients – at Least Not Yet

Medicare patients currently have adequate access to primary care physicians, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. But that could change in the near future, MedPAC warns. Amid long-term concerns about whether there are enough primary care doctors, a new MedPAC report found that there are even fewer primary care doctors than most people believe.  MedPAC reached this conclusion after finding that approximately one out of every five doctors thought to be working as primary care physicians now labor instead as hospitalists.  As a result, growth in the number of primary care physicians has been negligible during the current decade. [...]