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Monday, March 26, 2007
State climate for physicians getting worse, MMS says
Massachusetts continues to decline as a place to practice medicine, the Massachusetts Medical Society reports today. The deteriorating environment has led to a shortage of physicians and reduced access to care that are a cause for concern as the state implements its new healthcare law, the group warns.
The findings are based on an index the MMS compiles about the overall practice climate for physicians, including such measures as liability costs and the number of physician employment ads in the New England Journal of Medicine. It's the 13th straight year of decline.
Low reimbursements for services, administrative hurdles such as pre-authorizations for imaging tests and prescription drugs, and increasing costs of operating a practice were cited as problems local doctors face.