Quality & Patient Safety

Canadians worry how U.S. health reform will affect care

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, January 6, 2009

After universal healthcare in one U.S. state—Massachusetts—created a primary care physician shortage, experts in Canada are worried that a nationwide universal healthcare reform in the U.S. could put extra strain on already dwindling physician resources in Canada, reports the National Post.

Reforms promised by a new U.S. administration include healthcare insurance to 45 million residents currently with no coverage. This, says experts, will increase the demand on primary and family care physicians in the U.S. Better pay would lure Canadian physicians across the border.

"That's something that could definitely impact our resources," Sarah Kredentser, MD, president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, told the Post.

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