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THIS WEEK (MARCH 20-24, 2017)

 
GOP health care plan reaches critical vote March 24, 2017
President Donald Trump says it's now or never for the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. According to the New York Times, the president has demanded a Friday vote on the bill, which just a day before appeared to lack the votes needed to pass. The PAFP will be closely monitoring this story.
 
 
Wait times for new appointments skyrocket March 23, 2017
Long a source of frustration for patients, waiting room times are getting longer for first-time patients. Medscape reports the time it takes to schedule a new-patient appointment in 15 major metropolitan areas has increased by 30 percent since 2014. Increased coverage through the Affordable Care Act may be to blame.
 
 
U.S. has serious doctor shortage: report March 21, 2017
The United States has a shortage of physicians, a situation that is only going to become more dire, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). CBS News reports that the study estimates a shortfall of up to 104,900 doctors by 2030 as the population ages - including 43,100 in primary care. 
 
 
Family medicine makes Match Day history March 20, 2017
While family physicians from across the state were attending the PAFP's Harrisburg CME Conference, family medicine was making history across the nation on Match Day. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports a record 3,237 medical students and graduates chose family medicine residency programs!
 
 
                                                                                                       
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