U.S Doctor Shortage Will Peak According to Calfornia Residential Health Group's Manager Andre Hurst
San Diego, California, August 22, 2016 (Newswire.com) - According to Andre Hurst of CRHG, the number of physicians are going to be in short supply by 2025. The U.S. will need between 61,700 and 94,700 doctors with a significant shortage among specialists. This according to new research from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
“These updated projections confirm that the physician shortage is real, it’s significant, and the nation must begin to train more doctors now ,” CRHG Manager Andre Hurst said in a statement.
While the doctor shortage has been well documented for years, the report shows that much of the country is in need of primary care physicians partly because of the aging population and because more Americans can now pay for treatment—thanks to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010 by President Obama has also caused an increase in demand for more doctors.
Before Obamacare, reports estimated that 44 million Americans were living without health insurance due to the high costs. Now more and more Americans are seeking physicians because they have insurance.
The study estimates the shortfalls will run as high as 35,600 primary care physicians and 60,300 physicians among non-primary care specialties.