SHORTAGE OF MDS?

Physician's Money Digest, July15 2003, Volume 10, Issue 13

Enrollment at the nation's medical schools has remained steady over the years, but some health policy experts are worried that a growing and aging population will eventually lead to a physician shortage.

Enrollment at the nation's medical schools has remained steady over the years, but some health policy experts are worried that a growing and aging population will eventually lead to a physician shortage. In 15 to 20 years, some experts say, the doctor deficit could be as high as 200,000 MDs. In some regions, a dearth of doctors is already a problem. According to Merritt, Hawkins & Associates, a physician recruitment firm, more than half of US hospitals are having a harder time finding doctors, especially in specialties like anesthesiology, radiology, cardiology, and orthopedic surgery. Just under 50% of the hospitals surveyed reported limiting operating room use because of a lack of anesthesiologists.