An opinion piece recently published in the New York Times challenges concerns of a pending doctor shortage and offers suggestions for innovations that could improve the health care system. Some have predicted a shortage of physicians and health care resources caused by a shift in demographics due to the aging American population and the inclusion of millions of individuals who have recently obtained access to insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. In addition to questioning the impact of these factors on the health care system, the contributors−Dr. Scott Gottlieb, an internist and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanual, and oncologist and Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania−offer recommendations about systemic reforms that would increase productivity and efficiency.
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