US needs 52 000 more primary care doctors by 2025, new study says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8259 (Published 4 December 2012)
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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The United States will need nearly 52 000 more primary care doctors by 2025, estimates a new study that looked at numbers of patients’ visits to their doctors.

Population growth will be the largest factor driving the need for more primary care doctors, accounting for about 33 000 more, says the study, published in the Annals of Family Medicine.1

An additional 10 000 primary care doctors would be needed to care for the aging population and about 8000 more for the roughly 34 million people newly insured as a result of the Affordable Care …

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