As ranks of insured expand, U.S. faces shortage of 150,000 doctors in 15 years

Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2010

Under the new federal healthcare law, experts warn there won't be enough doctors to treat the millions of people newly insured. At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. That shortfall is predicted despite a push by teaching hospitals and medical schools to boost the number of U.S. doctors, which now totals about 954,000.


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