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The Doctor Can't See You Now: Part 3
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05/16/2008
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Special Report on the nation's primary care shortage

 

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The waiting room at the Burgdorf Health Center in Hartford Connecticut.(photo: St. Francis Care)The waiting room at the Burgdorf Health Center in Hartford Connecticut.(photo: St. Francis Care)In Connecticut as in much of the rest of the country-patients are having more trouble getting in to see a primary care doctor. According to a statewide report emergency rooms in Connecticut are experiencing noticeable increases in the number of patients because of the growing lack of access to a primary care provider.

There are some new market-driven approaches to solving the problem of access to primary care. But are walk-in clinics at your local drugstore, or sharing your visit to the doctor with a group of other patients, the answer?

In the last of our series, special correspondent Rachel Gotbaum reports on changes that aim to increase patients’ access, and relieve some of the pressure on doctors.

Coming up this morning at 9, Where We Live presents the hour-long documentary, "The Doctor Can't See You Now." For more information on primary care, and to join the conversation, go to our website, wnpr.org. This documentary series is part of WNPR's Health Reporting Initiative, with support from The Connecticut Health Foundation.


 
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