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      The Primary Care Crunch: Anticipating the Doctor Shortage After Obamacare in San Francisco

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      August 28, 2013

      Wednesday   6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

      595 Market Street (at Second) Second floor
      San Francisco, California 94105

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      The Primary Care Crunch: Anticipating the Doctor Shortage After Obamacare

      Robert L. Wiebe, EVP/Chief Medical Officer, Dignity Health
      Kevin GrumbachM.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF; Co-director, UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care; Co-director, Community Engagement and Health Policy Program, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute
      Patricia KnightM.S., J.D., Founder, Pacific Coast Health Advocacy LLC
      Lisa Aliferis, Health Editor, KQED – Moderator 

       

      Now that the Affordable Care Act is taking effect, with its health coverage mandate for 38 million more Americans and requisite expansion of Medicaid, California and the nation are anticipating a doctor shortage that could impede access to primary care for many patients. According to a new study, by 2025 the U.S. will need at least 52,000 more primary care doctors to keep pace with a rapidly aging population. Yet many medical students are now choosing higher-paying specialties over primary care, especially when faced with mounting tuition and student debt. What is the best way to handle this expected primary care physician shortage, from the perspective of policymakers, physicians, patients  and the health-care industry? How will health-care organizations adapt? Who is at risk of not having appropriate care? Our panel of experts and insiders will discuss these issues and more in this important program on the primary-care crunch that may worsen as more people gain coverage in 2014.

       

      Location: SF Club Office
      Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
      Cost: FREE
      Also know: Underwritten by The California Wellness Foundation

       


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