From the Chattanoga Times Free Press, www.timesfreepress.com
CHCMS member Dr. Clif Cleaveland explores America's impending shortage of physicians.
Barring coordinated action by national and state governments, the U.S. will face an estimated shortage of physicians, ranging from 50,000 to 120,000, by 2030. The shortage will involve both primary-care physicians (family practitioners, internists, pediatricians and obstetrician-gynecologists) and other specialists. The shortfall needs to be addressed now because medical training is expensive and requires 10 or more years to complete. Associated costs will be substantial. A detailed 2018 update by the American Association of Medical Colleges addresses this issue.
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