From the AAD’s Dermatology Daily, a recent article about shortage of Physicians due to recent reforms.
On its front page, the New York Times (7/29, A1, Lowrey, Pear, Subscription Publication) reported that expanded health insurance and Medicaid will not translate to all the healthcare needed in the US, in part because the country dramatically lacks the number of doctors it needs to deliver that care. The Times uses Riverside, California, as a base for explaining the dilemma, pointing out that “the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025. … Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000.” The Times examines some underlying causes and says experts suggest changes in healthcare delivery, such as “building more walk-in clinics, allowing nurses to provide more care and encouraging doctors to work in teams.”