Groups Voice Concerns Over Potential Physician Shortage
HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration estimates that the U.S. will face a shortage of 65,560 primary care physicians by 2020, while the American Academy of Family Physicians predicts a deficit of 149,000 doctors by that year. Meanwhile, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that the U.S. will face a shortage of up to 125,000 physicians by 2025. The groups say the coming physician shortage could lead to longer wait times for office visits and create other barriers to care.
- "Agencies Warn of Coming Doctor Shortage" (Worth, Los Angeles Times, 6/7).