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Regulations To Get HMO Patients Treated Faster

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If you've ever been sick of waiting to get a doctor's appointment with your HMO, help could be on the way.

The California Department of Managed Healthcare is working on new regulations to make sure doctors see HMO patients faster. If approved, primary doctors for urgent care needs would have to see a patient within 48 hours, starting next year.

However, the state medical association says the real problem is a shortage of primary care doctors and that the rules will cause a decline in the quality of care.

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