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A Shortage of Physicians in Massachusetts is Getting Worse

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Boston may be a world center of health care, but you're going to have to start waiting a little longer to see a doctor. Maybe a lot longer. A new study from the Massachusetts Medical Society says there's a worsening shortage of physicians here in primary care and six other specialties. Among the specialists in short supply are cardiologists, gastroenterologists, anesthesiologists, urologists, and neurosurgeons.

Click below to listen to Bob Oakes and MMS President Dr. Dale Magee discuss the shortage and the impact on the state's effort to cover the uninsured.


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This program aired on July 25, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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