Is There A Doctor Shortage?

A notable percentage of Americans now live in areas without enough primary care doctors, and broader access to insurance and an aging population will intensify the shortages. By 2020, we will lack 90,000 physicians in primary care and specialties like cardiology, oncology and surgery. There aren’t enough residency slots for medical school graduates and for many physicians, the profession is less rewarding than it once was.  Will the coming marketplace changes intensify shortages, or help fix them? What’s the role of non-physicians, team-based care and technology? Will the Affordable Care Act re-balance the incentives that will put doctors where people need them—or do we need to reform the system in other ways?

Festival: 2014

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