Healthcare Crunch

Two healthcare items in today’s NY Times drew our attention.

In “More Physicians Say No to Endless Workdays” Gardiner Harris reports on a growing trend of new physicians’ recusing themselves from traditional practice with its endless hours (e.g., a private or group family practice) in favor of seeking defined shift work (e.g., working in the emergency department). Commenting on the ambivalence that older physicians feel:

Such mixed feelings are common among older doctors, many of whom have been unable to sell or even give away their practices because younger doctors are not willing to work the hours required. Indeed, Dr. William Dewar III’s practice has hired nurse practitioners recently, in part because it cannot recruit doctors.

In “Cuts Leave Patients With Medicaid Cards, but No Specialist to See” Robert Pear discusses the ways in which even specialty care is not available because of state funding cutbacks. The state budget crises also affect nursing homes.


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