Doctor Who?

Sorry, not the Doctor Who you were likely thinking of. One of the hypothesized “issues” with Obamacare was that with more people in the insurance system, the US would soon have a physician shortage. “Not so” says a recent study published in JAMA and reported on by the New York Times. Citing several sources, it seems that availability wait times have gone up (the proportion of privately insured patients having to wait at least 30 days for an appointment grew to 10.5% from 7.1%) but the ability to see a physician has not been impacted for the privately insured and it has improved for Medicaid patients. Mostly winner, winner, chicken dinner, right? With the seemingly endless parade of negative healthcare news, this is a little piece of good news. Enjoy.