Healthcare Reform: Innovations Address Shortage of Doctors
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As more and more people qualify for insurance under healthcare reform, America's shortage of doctors is going to get worse. We look at the ways that medical practice is likely to change and what that will mean for patients. Also, President Obama defends his economic policies, and more and more Americans are sleeping with the enemy. We hear about a resurgence of bedbugs.
Banner image: Registered nurse Susan Eager (L) helps up Jane Awise, who suffers from severe diabetes, while performing a home healthcare visit on February 24, 2010 in Thornton, Colorado. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
Obama in Ohio to Rally the Base, Defend His Economic Policies ()
President Obama's handling of the economy is falling to new lows. Today he took time out from a fundraising trip to visit a leafy, middle-class neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Joe and Rhonda Weithman's backyard was as intimate a setting as possible with reporters and TV cameras looking on. The President reiterated the administration's success in growing the economy and labor market, but admitted that "that progress hasn't been fast enough." Mark Niquette reports on politics for the Columbus Dispatch.
Healthcare Reform: Innovations Address Shortage of Doctors ()
Already, there are not enough doctors. When 34 million additional people become insured, the doctor supply will be overwhelmed by patient demand. The most critical shortage will be in primary care, partly because fewer new doctors choose general practice since specialties pay more. Can nurse practitioners do much of what doctors do now? Can communications technology cut down on face-to-face meetings? Can patients with similar ailments, including chronic disease, meet with doctors in groups? We hear about these and other strategies.
- Rita Rubin: Reporter, USA Today
- Zeev Neuwirth: Chief of Clinical Effectiveness and Innovation, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
- Tine Hansen-Turton: Executive Director, National Nursing Centers Consortium
- Vance Harris, MD: Family practice physician
- Atul Grover: Chief Lobbyist, Association of American Medical Colleges
Bed Bugs Are Back and Biting ()
In New York, they've infested the Time Warner Center and shut down high-end clothing stores. In Dallas, they've driven people out of apartments. Bedbugs — almost eradicated 50 years ago — are making a comeback. The National Pest Management Association says calls for bedbug eradication have gone up 81% in the past ten years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the EPA have warned of a rapid resurgence. Dini Miller is Associate Professor of Urban Entomology at Virginia Tech.
- Dini Miller: Associate Professor of Urban Entomology, Virginia Tech
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