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Report predicts US physician shortage could exceed 90 000 by 2025

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1296 (Published 06 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1296
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

As the population ages and more people gain access to healthcare services as a result of the 2012 Affordable Care Act, the demand for physicians in the United States will far outstrip supply, resulting in a shortfall of between 46 100 and 90 400 physicians by 2025, predicts a report commissioned by the Association of American Medical Colleges.1

“The doctor shortage is real, it’s significant, and it’s particularly serious for the kind of medical care that our aging population is going to need,” said Darrell G Kirch, president and chief …

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