Providing universal care will stretch our already thin primary care resources beyond capacity.
So where will the new doctors come from, given the influx of 50 million or so newly insured patients? Look no further than our neighbors up north.
Analysts are predicting a surge in primary care demand that is “likely to trigger a drain on Canada’s already meager supply of physicians.”
Consider Massachusetts, who went ahead with their universal coverage plans despite a dearth of primary care access. The result is a “greater reliance on doctors from other countries.”
Compound that situation across America, and you’re likely to see the doctor poaching worsen the already dire Canadian generalist shortage.