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  • Thank you Dr. Caper!  As a Family Physician (very dinosaur-y as I still practice hospital medicine, obstetrics, home visits, etc and something I deeply love), I really appreciate your article and hope it raises the awareness of our primary care plight. 

    As you know, by 2020, the US will have a shortage of, depending on the source, between 80,000 and 200,000 Family Physicians.  In conjunction with this shortage, it is estimated that 1/3 of the population will have diabetes, be obese and in the midst of developing complications of chronic medical conditions. 

    Some additional items I’d add to your excellent article encompass a laundry list of “things we do for free” or those things that are simply expected of us to perform without regard for the time each duty takes, effect on our ability …. phone calls, form completion (FMAL, school forms, insurance forms, this form, that form, everywhere a form, form), pre- and post-office visit review of labs, x-rays, consultation notes, family meetings, et al (not to mention all the calls I personally have to make for medication authorizations, authorizations for tests, “prior authorization” for a long litany of things, etc.).

    I look forward to reading “part 2”

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