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Primary care physicians

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When you or someone in your family feels sick, chances are the first call you make is to your primary care physician.

Ever since 2010, Michigan has been a big part of a demonstration project to make primary care better, to keep people healthier and out of hospitals.

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A new report by the Citizens Research Council, a public policy research organization, shows that there is a shortage of primary-care physicians across Michigan. 

The report shows that three out of four Michigan counties have physician shortages in at least one primary-care field. 

Primary-care fields include family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, general obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, and psychiatry.

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Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters signed onto letters Monday to try to stop federal cuts that would hurt the state.

Both senators signed onto letters sent out Monday. One urges a senate subcommittee to support health clinics for primary medical care.

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Most Michigan patients should be able to access primary care doctors - even though the Affordable Care Act means more people are likely looking for appointments.

Nine out of ten Michigan primary care doctors say they have capacity for new patients. And almost two-thirds say they are accepting new Medicaid patients.  That's according to a 2014 survey conducted by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation.