Few would disagree that long waits at the doctor’s office are incredibly frustrating.
If you believe a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), things could get even worse.
The AAMC report “estimates a shortfall ranging from 34,600 to 88,000 doctors by 2025, compared to what our growing and aging population may need. By 2030, the shortfall is expected to total anywhere from 40,800 to 104,900 doctors.”
That means not only longer waits to get a simple examination, but also delays in getting needed surgeries – something which could range from serious to deadly.
The reason is partly due to the baby-boomer generation quickly becoming the largest age group in our nation. By 2030, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will grow by 55 percent.
G. Kerch, AAMC president and CEO, calls the physician shortage projections “especially troubling,” because as people age they typically need more health care services.