Secret survey to gauge doctor access

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June 28, 2011
New York Times    
Posted in News, PND News

"Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of 'mystery shoppers' to pose as patients, call doctors' offices, and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it. The administration says the survey will address a 'critical public policy problem': the increasing shortage of primary care doctors, including specialists in internal medicine and family practice. It will also try to discover whether doctors are accepting patients with private insurance while turning away those in government health programs that pay lower reimbursement rates." [editor's note: Oh, goody -- another way the "spammer scammers" can steal IDs! Or have you not yet been invited to spy on retail shopping venues? - SAT] (06/27/11)  

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