The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that within the next six years, the U.S. will face a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians.
What’s more, that figure is expected to climb to 130,000 by 2025.
Here’s a look at five ways we might be able to cope with 90,000 fewer MDs than we thought we needed in the next few years:
1. Use remote medicine
Telehealth (or telemedicine) is being touted as one potential means of coping with the expected physician shortage.
Health monitoring equipment with web-based applications allows people to receive care from the comfort of their own homes, reducing doctor visits and patient expenses by linking people in remote areas to doctors in larger centers.
This can cut travel time and costs for patients by up to 58%, according to a study published in Telemedicine Journal and e-Health. [click to continue…]
We’re living longer these days. Our country’s population is steadily growing. And, with the passage of 2010’s Affordable Care Act, health insurance is increasingly available to Americans. While all of these facts are positive, there is a potentially concerning factor we must consider as a result: An impending shortage in family doctors.
Most of us value the relationships we develop with our primary care physicians, but in order to maintain this status quo for an expanding and longer-living population, we’re going to need a lot more doctors in a few short years.
Just how many? A recent report estimates the number at 52,000 new physicians necessary by 2025 to keep up with growing healthcare demands. [click to continue…]