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Deconstructing Americans’ relative lack of access to health care

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This New York Times article looks at why Americans have less access to healthcare than much of the rest of the Developed World.

One reason the author, Aaron E. Carroll, M.D., notes is:

“The United States, for all its spending, has fewer general practitioners per population than any of these other countries. In 2013, America had half as many primary care physicians per 1,000 people as the next-closest country (Sweden) and one-fifth the number in France or Germany.

“There’s an element of supply and demand here. When you have too few primary care physicians, it won’t be as easy for patients to see them. When you give more people insurance, this problem will only get worse, when many new patients try to access the health care system.”

He doesn’t mention the cost  and access effects of U.S. physicians being by far the highest paid in the world.

To read The Times’s article, please hit this link.

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