Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Can’t believe I still have to say this. Yes, some people cried about doctor shortages. But those claims were overblown: Many of the concerns about people experiencing delays grew out the experience in Massachusetts after that state adopted near-universal coverage in 2006. Wait times for a doctor’s appointment rose to an average of 50 days with some as long as 100 days, according to a Massachusetts Medical Society report in 2008. But Glied notes that Massachusetts’ residents historically had long waits for primary care visits so their experience is not a good indicator. And unlike the Massachu…