This Sunday, we’ll publish the latest installment of an occasional series on how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the people, patients and physicians of Southwest Virginia.
With more people covered by health insurance, as the law requires, there will be a higher demand on the health care system. Many new patients will be looking for primary care physicians. But there’s already a shortage of those doctors in Virginia, and some say longer waits to see a doctor could be in store if demand outpaces supply.
To illustrate this concern, we visited a community medical center in Highland County, which is the most medically underserved area in the state.
Previous installments of the “Understanding Obamacare” series have focused on a proposed Medicaid expansion in Virginia, the online marketplaces where people can shop for insurance, the individual mandate requiring nearly everyone to have health insurance, and efforts by federal navigators to help people sign up for insurance.
You can read the previous installments and related coverage here.