Doctor Shortage Could Become Worse with Health Reform

Residencies in the U.S. have been capped at 90,000 per year since 1997 as a result of Congressional attempts to deal with healthcare inflation.

According to a recent Bloomberg article:

  • Last year there were 16,721 fewer doctors than needed in inner city and rural areas.
  • By 2025, the U.S. will face a shortfall of as much as 159,300 physicians.

This existing physician supply issue will be stoked by health reform and the possibility of 31 million new patients entering the healthcare system with insurance coverage.

Source: Bloomberg

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