Recently, doctors have begun group appointments when they see up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once. Reasons for this trend include allowing more patients to be seen by a doctor each day, allowing doctors to spend more time with patients even if not on an individual basis, easier scheduling availability and improved health outcomes. Some people see group appointments as a way to ease the developing physician shortages. At least 8,000 more physicians are needed to accomodate the more than 27 million people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act. There aren't enough physicians to handle this increase.