There is a critical shortage of primary care physicians in Berkshire County. The Massachusetts Medical Society’s Annual Workforce Study found a “critical” shortage of primary care physicians in Berkshire County.  This has been an ongoing problem and shows no sign of significant easing in the near future.  So, even if you have insurance it can be very difficult to find a doctor who is taking on new patients.  And if that insurance is Medicaid (MassHealth), you will find even fewer practices that will accept it. Even those with good employer provided insurance or Medicare often have to wait many months to see a doctor.