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The Doctor Shortage – Where are all the Doctors?

by Tera Tuten on December 10, 2013

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…]