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Universal care could be thwarted by disappearing docs

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, April 20, 2009

In the debate about universal healthcare, ensuring that all people have insurance is equated with making sure all individuals will receive healthcare. Thats not necssarily the case, says New York doctor Marc Siegel in a opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. A growing number of physicians are dropping out of insurance plans, particularly the giant programs sponsored by the government. That means a patient may have coverage but still have trouble affording care, according to Siegel.