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To survive, health care system needs more providers

Wednesday, April 24, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melissa Moody
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April 12, 2013 (Star News) Could someone please call 911? Our health care system is in dire need of medical assistance.

Have you tried making an appointment with a primary care doctor recently? Good luck to you. Most primary care physicians are not accepting new patients. If you are one of the fortunate existing patients, then you will most likely experience lengthy wait times for an appointment.

The majority of Americans do not realize that there is a critical shortage of primary health care physicians. It is estimated that by the year 2015, there will be a shortage of 63,000 primary care physicians, and this shortage will continue to increase to 130,000 by 2025. Further compounding the situation is an aging baby boomer population of 78 million who began turning 65 in 2011 and many are expected to have chronic medical conditions.

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