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The Practice Of Medicine: What Does The Future Hold?

Reuters reports on a survey of physician attitudes about how the health law might change their profession. Meanwhile, in California, family physicians are targeting young people in efforts to recruit future doctors.

Reuters: Next Generation Of Doctors Sees Gloomy Future
A majority of young doctors feel pessimistic about the future of the U.S. health care system, with the new health care law cited as the main reason, according to a survey released to Reuters on Wednesday. Nearly half of the 500 doctors surveyed think the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, will have a negative effect on their practices, compared with 23 percent who think it will be positive (Yukhananov, 4/11).

The Sacramento Bee: Family Doctors Try To Recruit Sacramento Teens To Profession
The Future Faces of Family Medicine (is) a program started last school year by family medicine residents at UC Davis and Sutter Health, along with the California Academy of Family Physicians, to recruit more youths -- especially those from low-income and ethnic minority backgrounds -- into their often-unsung profession. California and the United States face a shortage of primary care doctors that threatens to get worse. The CAFP expects as many as 30 percent of California family physicians to retire within the next few years, and for the state's deficit to reach 17,000 doctors by 2015 (Rubenstein, 4/12).

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