A U.S. population that is older, sicker with more chronic conditions and presenting with more complex comorbidities will drive increased demand for primary care doctors and certain specialists, according to a paper in Health Affairs. Study authors note a 14% increase in demand for PCPs by 2025. Among specialists, vascular surgeons and cardiologists will see the biggest jumps in demand in the same time frame, although the severity of shortages will vary by state.
Researchers project U.S. will need more physicians by 2025
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