Too many patients, not enough doctors
"Will we have enough health care professionals to handle a growing and aging population?
According to a new study performed by economic forecasting consultancy IHS for the Association of American Medical Colleges, the answer is no. By 2025, it foresees a shortage of between 46,000 and 90,000 physicians, with specialists being the hardest to come by. The problem is basic supply and demand. A growing population, with a large aging segment, is growing faster than the minting of new doctors. The expected result will be a shortfall.
To reduce shortfalls to the lower ends of the ranges, the health care system will need multiple strategies to offset the lack of doctors. Among those are improved technology and greater dependence on physician assistants as nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists."