Growing Number Of Californians With Health Insurance Exacerbates Worsening Physician Shortage
Few financial incentives exist for doctors to go into practice at safety-net organizations that focus on low-income patients even though the need is great.
The California Health Report:
California Grapples With Growing Physician Shortage For Low-Income Patients
When Paul Lyons opened a primary-care practice in the Palm Springs area for low-income patients, the need was clear. “We went from zero patients to 30,000 within six months,” he said.The clinic, which opened in 2015, continues to swell with patients who now have coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. (Shinkman, 9/17)