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Mod Healthc. 2006 Mar 27;36(13):6-7, 16, 1.

Looking for volunteers. With the number of uninsured on the rise, the proportion of physicians willing to provide free care is on the decline.


Even as the number of the uninsured has grown to 46 million, the percentage of doctors providing free care has dropped by 8 points since 1996-97. The increasing pressures on physicians are cited as among the reasons. "It's got to do with a lot of things going on with their practices--insurance costs, the reimbursement rate, high overhead", says Linda Kinney, left, of Project Access.

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