Healthcare roundup: Doctor shortages everywhere, why the states can’t do universal healthcare, how to reform consumer drug ads, and more

Patients, patients everywhere, yet not a doc to treat — From Massachusetts to Colorado, there’s an increasingly acute shortage of primary-care physicians. In Massachusetts, where the nation’s only universal healthcare plan is gearing up, hundreds of thousands of newly insured individuals are having trouble finding doctors. According to this report, new patients wait an average of 52 days to see an internist or family doctor for a routine visit, and with up to 500,000 people set to get insurance this year, the head of the Massachusetts Medical Society is predicting a crisis of healthcare access. There’s more here and here, just for starters. Google “Massachusetts doctor shortage” for much more.