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Updated: 10/03/2013 4:45 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- After day two of Obamacare enrollment there is still a lot of confusion about how the new health care mandate is going to work in Nevada.

News 3’s Jen Wahl talked with a local doctor to find out how physicians are preparing for the possibility of a jam-packed system.

At this point, Las Vegas family physician Sanford White says he’s choosing not to accept Health Link patients.

“Mainly it had to do with the unknown, as far as what’s in the Affordable Care Act. What the exchanges will bring,” Dr. White said.

On a daily basis Dr. White sees about 20 to 25 people. He’s concerned any more could lessen his quality of care.

“I worry that if we sign up for the exchange and it brings an influx of patients that we’re required to see and it inundates our practice, we won’t be able to provide the same level of care that we currently do,” White said.

The Nevada state board of medical examiners says it’s generally assumed that there’s already a shortage of primary care doctors in the state.

That’s before new Obamacare enrollees enter the system.

The Silver State Exchange expects to help about 118,000 more people get insurance under the affordable care act… all before march 31st.

Dr. White says that could mean spending more time at an office.

“A lot of that depends on how many people sign up. But if a lot of people that weren’t previously insured sign up, there will definitely be waits,” he said.

Because there are still a lot of unanswered questions, Dr. White says he needs more answers before he logs on with Health Link.

“It would be nice to have some summaries of the regulations and requirements and what they entail and a summary of what the benefits are for the patients on the exchanges,” Dr. White said.

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