Primary care 'deserts' leave patients without physicians

With a recent report from the Association of American Medical Colleges estimating the U.S. could lose as many as 100,000 doctors by 2025, primary care physicians are already in short supply, particularly in rural areas, according to a MarketWatch report. Some 65 million Americans live in what's "essentially a primary care desert," said Phil Miller, of the physician search firm Merritt Hawkins. In fact, in about one-third of states only half or less of patients' primary care needs are being met. Article


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