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Retirements by baby-boomer doctors, nurses could strain overhaul

Washington Post, June 14, 2010

Healthcare economists and other experts say retirements by doctors and nurses over the next 10 to 15 years will greatly weaken the healthcare workforce and leave many Americans who are newly insured under the new reform legislation without much hope of finding a doctor or nurse. Nearly 40% of doctors are 55 or older, according to the Center for Workforce Studies of the Association of American Medical Colleges. About a third of the much larger nursing workforce is 50 or older, and about 55% expressed an intention to retire in the next 10 years, according to a Nursing Management Aging Workforce Survey by the Bernard Hodes Group.