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Here is the official response from the American Academy of Family Physicians: August 31, 2006 Editor New York Times Dear Editor: I agree with Robin Cook (“Care by the Hour,” Aug. 30, 2006) that primary care physicians are forced to work in an environment that values costly procedures over top-quality preventive and chronic care. Unfortunately, these economic factors are driving physicians out of practice, which deprives patients of the care they deserve. However, it is wrong to say that family physicians do not have the same level of education as pediatricians and internists. All three specialties require rigorous three-year residencies… Read more »

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Another good example of the NYT not using fact checkers. Although, if you write an oped piece, I guess you can write whatever you want. The essay says something to the effect of “Internists and Pediatricians should be paid more per hour than Family Physicians since they have more training.” Give me a break. All three specialties require three years of post-grad residency training, and Family Medicine requires the most rigorous re-certification procedures!