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US needs “5000 extra doctors a year for next decade”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2093 (Published 19 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2093
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. 1Florida

    The Association of American Medical Colleges has said that it needs to train 5000 extra doctors a year to meet the effects of the US health reforms.

    The association’s chief advocacy officer, Atul Grover, said, “We currently train about 25 000 doctors a year and will need another 5000 or so per year if we are going to meet the needs of the next decade.” The health reforms, passed by Congress last month, will bring an additional 16 million people onto health insurance coverage or the Medicaid scheme.

    Dr Grover said, “The doubling of the population over age 65 means …

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