Primary-care physicians have been the darlings of managed care for the past couple of years.
But, to paraphrase a hit song from yesteryear, "Will they still love you tomorrow?" The answer: Maybe.
A lot depends on where you're located. If you're a family practice resident in Chicago or a solo internist in Atlanta who seeks to join a group, your phone may still be ringing off the hook-for now. But your counterparts in Los Angeles and New York are seeing the demand for their services plummet. Those markets are glutted. Other urban areas will follow.
Yet a 1996 survey report from the Council on Graduate Medical Education predicted a shortage of 48,000 generalist …