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Insider 01-31-2006 06:13 PM

Primary Care About to Collapse, Physicians Warn
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
Mon Jan 30, 1:44 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Primary care -- the basic medical care that people get when they visit their doctors for routine physicals and minor problems -- could fall apart in the United States without immediate reforms, the American College of Physicians said on Monday.

"Primary care is on the verge of collapse," said the organization, a professional group which certifies internists, in a statement. "Very few young physicians are going into primary care and those already in practice are under such stress that they are looking for an exit strategy."


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