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Shortage of doctors proves obstacle to Obama goals

New York Times, April 27, 2009
Obama administration officials are looking for ways to increase the supply of physicians to meet the needs of an aging population and millions of uninsured people who would gain coverage under legislation championed by the president. The officials said they were particularly concerned about shortages of primary care providers who are the main source of healthcare for most Americans. One proposal, which would increase Medicare payments to general practitioners, at the expense of high-paid specialists, has touched off a lobbying fight.