There won’t be enough new doctors to continue providing care for the aging American population over the next decade, according to a new reportreleased Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
The report projects that by 2025 there will be between 61,700 and 94,700 fewer doctors than patients will need. Among primary care physicians alone, there will be a shortage of between 14,900 and 35,600 doctors.
The group also highlighted shortages in the numbers of new psychiatrists and surgeons, which could pose problems for the mentally ill and older patients who require additional care for chronic conditions and age-related maladies.
– The Fiscal Times