The doctor shortage is a result of decreased reimbursement and increased overhead. They spend more time on paperwork than treating patients. This is one instance where we need to turn back the clock and go back to the patient centered model. After 30 years in health care, I can tell you it is all about the numbers now because without them docs can't pay the bills. Add to the problem of and over litigious population and docs are ordering tests FOR CYA and insurance won't approve tests the docs feel they need. Docs can't order tests to rule out anything anymore or look for problems because if it is found not to be there, insurance won't pay.