3 potential physician shortage fixes

Image removed.By Zack Budryk

Between population growth and an aging population, experts say the primary care shortage will only get worse in the future.

In July, USA Today reported the U.S. will need more than 50,000 new primary care providers (PCPs) by 2025, with 33,000 of that number coming from population growth. And the shortage already has visible consequences: officials believe that one of the underlying causes of the ongoing Veterans Affairs scandal is a disproportionate patient load overwhelmed available physicians.

The problem will likely grow at the state level too. A July study found a physician shortage is likely to emerge in Minnesota within the next decade. 

So what is the solution to the shortage? FierceHealthcare explores potential technological, legislative and educational fixes. Click on the links below to learn more.

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