Focus on Public Health Policy

Doctor Shortage: Defining the Problem

October 8, 200813 min
Host: Leslie P. Lundt, MD

Guest: Richard Scheffler

Can we quantify the physician shortage?  What is the projection for primary care needs in the future as the population ages?  Dr. Richard Scheffler, professor of health economics and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and chair in healthcare markets and consumer welfare, endowed by the office of the attorney general for the state of California, goes against the conventional wisdom that we are suffering from a shortage of doctors. He discusses his views of the healthcare crisis with host Dr. Leslie Lundt.

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