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Across Mass., wait to see doctors grows

Boston Globe, September 22, 2008

Consumers in Massachusetts are waiting as long as 100 days to see primary care doctors in in the state. At the same time, the number of practices accepting new patients has dipped in the past four years, with care the scarcest in rural areas. Some say the state's health insurance mandate could make the chronic doctor shortage even worse. Now the state legislature has approved a set of financial incentives for young physicians and other programs to attract primary care doctors, but experts fear the new measures will take years to ease the current shortage.