- Many areas all over the country qualified as Health Provider Shortage Areas (HPSAs), meaning there are is not an adequate clinicians to provide care.
As more and more individuals become insured under the Affordable Care Act there will likely be an increased shortage of primary care physicians. This happened in Massachussetts after they passed their comprehensive plan and experts believe the same will happen here. The law includes modest incentives for individuals to enter primary care but students still enter careers in specialty fields. One reason for this is the staggering amount of debt a medical student racks up over their academic career.
The article below illustrates an interesting idea what would solve growing medical student debt, and incentivizes future practitioners to enter fields in primary care.
Thanks to Matt DeTurk for the perfect illustration of the problem.