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Mahoning Valley faces critical shortage of doctors

Published: Sun, August 12, 2012 @ 11:15 a.m.

Mahoning Valley faces critical shortage of doctors

By Burton Speakman



The shortage of primary- care physicians is forecast to worsen when more than an estimated 30 million people gain insurance by 2014 through the Affordable Care Act.

Ohio is expected to have a shortage of 5,031 primary care physicians by 2020 no matter what happens with the ACA, said Megan Smith, director of communications for the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.

Because of the number of low-income people in the Mahoning Valley, the federal law commonly referred to as “Obamacare” will have a larger impact locally, said Rudolph Krafft, program director of the family medical residency program at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown.

“A large number of the people that we treat are uninsured or underinsured,” he said.

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1georgejeanie(1490 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

You dumbocrats wanted this mess, now deal with it. The solution will be just lower the standards to become a doctor, problem solved the messiah looks like a hero, and every body dies a little sooner than before Obumbacare.

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2FormerRes(39 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

georgejeanie - its not like the people who will now have medical coverage DID NOT EXIST prior to getting medical coverage. Is your solution simply to let those people sicken, incur huge medical expenses, beggar their families, and then DIE?
Are you old enough for Medicare? Will you take it when you get to be that old? If you are not for affordable care for everyone, then demonstrate your moral superiority to the rest of society and refuse all govt-subsidized health care.
Health CARE costs are not going up NEARLY as quickly as Health INSURANCE costs, because insurance costs are driven by the desire for ever increasing quarterly profits. Quit equating the two. And quit thinking that republicans have a better answer. they will do as they are told by their owners, the Medical Insurance companies. And who do you think WROTE "obamacare"? Stop and think before spouting your " libtard, dumbocrat" mouthfarts.

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3MrBig(2 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

@georgejeanie - Are you really that stupid? The reason there will be a greater shortage of physicians is because MORE idiots such as yourself will be ABLE TO SEEK medical care. So your solution would be to just let everybody get sick and die? You need to actually read the article (or have somebody read it to you) before spouting your Tea-Bagger idiocy. Or as FormerRes said" mouthfarts. (Funniest thing I've heard today!)

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