SPOTLIGHT: Wage gap could aggravate primary care physician shortage

A new study by the University of California at Davis Health System found that specialists are paid as much as 52 percent more than primary care physicians, even though the latter sees far more patients, Healthcare Finance News reports. The study, which was published last month in Archives of Internal Medicine, examined the wages of more than 6,000 physicians nationwide. The study's authors suggest the pay disparity--which can amount to millions of dollars over a career--should be addressed through wage reform. Failure to do so could exacerbate a shortage of primary care physicians even as the aging Baby Boomer population will need their services even more. Article