With the new health care law, there appears to be a need for more doctors on the front line of medical care, those in family practice and pediatrics. However Dr. Eldon Trame, a Belleville physician who is head of the Illinois State Medical Society, says a big factor is that most doctors veer off into higher paying specialities:
"but only two percent of general internal medicine residents stay into general internal medicine when they get out and that's causing a lot of these shortages."
He advises those who recruit doctors to set up programs which would help family practice physicians pay off their student loans. Traume says he's heard estimates that there will be a need for 90-thousand doctors by the year 20-20.
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