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Salary growth lagging for US primary care doctors: Study

Published on Nov 28, 2012 8:53 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Primary care doctors in the United States don't seem to be reaping the rewards of rising health care costs where it counts - in their paychecks, according to a study.

The findings, which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, could have implications for what some predictions say will be a primary care shortage in some parts of the United States in the coming years.

Researchers found that since the late 1980s, the average doctor's earnings have grown more slowly than the salaries of other health professionals, such as pharmacists, dentists and registered nurses.

"It is possible that there are some specialities that have done extremely well in the past 10 or 15 years," said health policy researcher Amitabh Chandra from Harvard University, who worked on the study.

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