Scott Gottlieb, M.D., a practicing physician, has served in various capacities at the Food and Drug Administration, including senior adviser for medical technology; director of medical policy development; and, most recently, deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs. Dr. Gottlieb has also served as a senior policy adviser at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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Right now, all eyes are on healthcare.gov, the troubled electronic portal designed to let consumers purchase health plans sold on the various state exchanges. In time, the existing parts of this web site will be fixed. But more significant challenges remain. These lingering problems relate to issues around provider access and the quality of medical care.
In just over a decade the United States will need 130,000 more doctors than medical schools are producing. So says the Association of American Medical Colleges, which warns of a doctor shortage that will drive up wait times, shorten office visits and make it harder for Americans to access the care they need.