California Weighs Policy Changes To Address Provider Shortage

Two-thirds of California regions already fall short of the federally recommended primary care doctor supply.

As the Affordable Care Act is implemented and more Californians gain insurance, the burden on the state’s primary care providers will increase.

In a California Healthline report by Rachel Dornhelm, experts discussed legislative efforts to address the state’s provider shortage.

The report includes comments from:

  • Bill Barcellona, senior vice president of government affairs at the California Association of Physician Groups;
  • Dawn Benton — executive vice president and CEO of the California Society of Health System Pharmacists;
  • Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina); and
  • Paul Phinney, president of the California Medical Association (Dornhelm, California Healthline, 10/9).

You can download a PDF transcript of this report.

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