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Blurring the line: Medical spas, other fields luring primary care docs

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:17am

Blurring the line: Medical spas, other fields luring primary care docs: "The influx of medical spas to the Birmingham market and proliferation of medical clinics that specialize in noninvasive cosmetic procedures are the latest example of a national health-care system losing much-needed primary care physicians to more lucrative subspecialties. Dr. Mark Stafford, an internist with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Kirklin Primary Care Clinic, says the numbers of new doctors choosing primary care fields is at an all-time low and there doesn't appear to be any change on the horizon. 'They're being lured away to higher-paying fields with more controlled work environments such as radiology, dermatology and procedure-oriented fields,' he says, 'and we're not just talking about new physicians.'"
I guess doctors are going to go " where the money is " !

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