August 25th, 2009
09:28 AM ET

Why primary care doctors are fed up

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Vance Harris
Special to CNN

Health policy experts agree that any reform in our health care system must include a well-educated, caring primary care doctor who is able to manage the health of his or her patients with an eye to using resources optimally to keep costs down.

That's a tall order and it seems that few policy makers realize the value of primary care physicians.

People are making a huge assumption in this reform effort that as we extend coverage to millions who don't have health insurance, there will be doctors there to actually provide the health care. Fewer and fewer medical students are choosing primary care and many primary care doctors are leaving the field.

Let me share with you why we are losing so many primary care doctors. What follows are a few examples I experience each week.

Keep reading...

Filed under: Health Care
August 25th, 2009
08:51 AM ET

Dear President Obama # 218: A run on the beach

Reporter's Note: President Obama is on vacation, which would be a lovely place to be. I can’t get away right now, but out of respect for his break, I’m trying not to write about the serious news of DC for a few days. We’ll see how that works out.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

I hope you are getting some exercise during your beach week. Your predecessor, President Bush, seemed to be hopping onto a mountain bike or jetting down to Texas to clear brush every couple of months. Frankly after eight years of that I’m surprised the Lone Star State has any brush left, but with all that exercise he seemed like he was in relatively good shape when he packed his things to leave D.C.

Unlike some folks, I don’t begrudge you the time off. Being President is tough. Rest is important. Tired people make tired decisions, and I don’t want to find that we are suddenly feuding with the Finns because you were exhausted and cranky at some international confab.

I took a nice run this morning in honor of your vacation. I went a little over six miles, winding down by the Potomac River, and arriving at my house sweating and puffing like Seabiscuit. I told you that I have a half-marathon to run in a couple of weeks, and I wanted to check out my time and legs.


August 25th, 2009
08:21 AM ET
August 25th, 2009
08:10 AM ET

Do you have questions on the new H1N1 Swine flu predictions?

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The H1N1 flu virus could cause up to 90,000 U.S. deaths, mainly among children and young adults, if it resurges this fall as expected, according to a report released Monday by a presidential advisory panel.

The H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu virus, could infect between 30 percent and 50 percent of the American population during the fall and winter and lead to as many as 1.8 million U.S. hospital admissions, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology reported.

The report says 30,000 to 90,000 deaths are projected as part of a "plausible scenario" involving large outbreaks at schools, inadequate antiviral supplies and the virus peaking before vaccinations have time to be effective.

Do you have questions about these numbers? Let us know! Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be on 360° to answer them tonight.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Dr. Sanjay Gupta • H1N1 • Medical News
August 25th, 2009
07:44 AM ET
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