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Looming physician shortage prompts turf wars
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(South Florida Sun-Sentinel) With more people likely to seek access to health care under the Affordable Care Act, medical professionals and legislators are worried that there won’t be enough physicians in Florida to treat patients.
And that is spurring turf battles in Tallahassee about who can provide various treatments, and more importantly, whether they need a medical degree to do so.
“I believe if you want to practice medicine, go to medical school,” said Senate Budget Chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who is also leading a committee debating implementation of the Obama health care law. “But I realize there’s some different points of view on that and I think it’s a debate we’re going to need to have if we don’t have enough doctors to treat patients.”
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