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Shortage of Primary Care Physicians

A recent study and it's conclusion on the increasing shortage of primary care physicians in the U.S.
RESULTS Driven by population growth and aging, the total number of office visits to primary care physicians is projected to increase from 462 million in 2008 to 565 million in 2025. After incorporating insurance expansion, the United States will require nearly 52,000 additional primary care physicians by 2025. Population growth will be the largest driver, accounting for 33,000 additional physicians, while 10,000 additional physicians will be needed to accommodate population aging. Insurance expansion will require more than 8,000 additional physicians, a 3% increase in the current workforcehttp://annfammed.org/content/10/6/503.fullProjecting US Primary Care Physician Workforce Needs: 2010-2025 annfammed.orgPURPOSE We sought to project the number of primary care physicians required to meet US health care utilization needs through 2025 after passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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