I've got an appointment with a new family practice doc. I don't have much to see her for at the moment but I wanted to get established before I start Medicare, to avoid the possibility that she will refuse me as a new Medicare patient if she's not a big fan of Medicare. While googling her address, I happened across a paper she wrote a few years back, about the declining number of doctors who deliver babies in OR. Here's an excerpt from the paper:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2739027/Principal FindingsOnly 36.6% of responding clinicians qualified to deliver babies were actually providing maternity care in Oregon in 2006, significantly lower than the proportion (47.8%) found in 2002. Cost of malpractice premiums remains the most frequently cited reason for stopping maternity care.___________________It's the John Edwards effect. --fleg
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