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US could experience nearly 122K physician shortage by 2032

The US could face a shortage of 46,900 to 121,900 physicians by 2032 affecting primary and specialty care as the country's population ages, according to projections from the Association of American Medical Colleges. "We know older patients use two to three times as many medical services as younger patients, and the number of people over age 65 will increase by almost 50%, just in the next 10 to 15 years alone," said AAMC Executive Vice President Atul Grover. Meanwhile, one-third of actively practicing US physicians will pass age 65 in the next 10 years.

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