It gets ugly.
As a result, tensions between primary care doctors and specialists might even spill over to training programs:
Tensions are rising among doctors, said Ted Epperly, 55, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians in Leawood, Kansas, in a telephone interview. Epperly runs a family practice in Boise, Idaho, and teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.-Wes
Specialist colleagues have implied his support for the Medicare changes may cost his students, he said.
While family-care students typically spend parts of their three-year residencies training with specialists, “What I’ve heard is ‘maybe we just won’t have time any longer to teach your residents,’” Epperly said.