Primary Care: Proposed Solutions to the Physician Shortage

As demand for adult health care services surges, the number of primary care physicians entering medicine continues to decrease, with shortages predicted to reach as high as 40,000 to 52,000 over the next decade. Recruiting new physicians is a logical solution, but one that won’t close the care gap anytime soon.

In a CHCF-supported analysis and commentary published in the journal Health Affairs, physicians Thomas Bodenheimer and Mark Smith explore the causes underlying this imbalance in the supply and demand of primary care services, which include aging baby boomers, a rise in chronic conditions, insurance expansion, and dissatisfied physicians leaving their practices.  Read more here.

 

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