It has been speculated that by 2020 America will have shortage of 45,000 doctors, which will be compounded by increased demand for healthcare. Some have argued that the physician shortage will be alleviated
by technological innovation, in addition to an increased role for
nurses, aides, pharmacists, dieticians, and other non-physician care
This would be a welcome reprieve, as a Physicians Foundation survey found that 80% of doctors feel they’re either overextended or at full capacity.
remains to be seen whether or not the healthcare system can adjust to
cope with an increased demand for services. But while the number of
first-year medical students has recently rebounded from its slump, the shortage of positions available for residency remains.
The Wall Street Journal
notes that in 2010 there were approximately 110,000 resident positions
in the U.S., and that the teaching hospitals which staffed them relied
heavily on Medicare payments for their compensation. The program which helps match residents with available positions found that there were nearly 5000 more applicants than openings.
Sponsoring Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) Joint Press Release
Association of American Medical Colleges Position Paper (In Favor)
Wall Street Journal
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