2004S-0170 - Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Section 1013: Suggest Priority Topics for Research
FDA Comment Number : EC2
Submitter : Dr. John Brehm Date & Time: 04/19/2004 03:04:15
Organization : West Virginia Medical Institute
Health Professional
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Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
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I think there is a serious problem bulding in regard to access to physicians, both generalists and many specialties. We are aware of areas in the country where patients have great difficulty gaining access to a physician who can assume responsibility for general and ongoing care.

I suggest that this become a topic of serious study, and pilot projects to solve the problem, if documented, be initiated. This is bound to become much worse in years to come, given what we know of the demographics of the US population.

John G Brehm, MD, FACP
Chief Medical Officer
West Virginia Medical Institute (The QIO for WV, PA and DE)