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November 10, 2009


Aristides Estrada MD.

The cost of care will increase dramatically for several reasons. For primary care physicians the liability and, thus, the malpractice insurance premiums will be much greater as the patient load to be seen in the same length of time goes up drastically and the specialist availability diminish in an environment without tort reform. Many of us will rather stop practicing if the conditions are onerous and this will exacerbate the shortage of physicians, which will further increase with the reimbursement for care, besides the malpractice insurance premiums and tests that physicians may have to do to substitute for the lack of appropriate time to care for patients. The influx of 40 million people into the care pool with the same infrastructure will increase demand to such a degree that the cost of tests will ski rocket.

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