The Pendleton Panther

Shortages of Doctors

Posted on: April 14, 2010

Doctors

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, statistics show that at present graduation and training rates, the nation will face a shortage of 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years. The most demanded type of doctors will be general practitioners, pediatricians, and family physicians; however, students majoring in family medicine fell more than a quarter between 2002 and 2007. This means that people may have less access to health care and also have longer waits when they are need for medical treatments. Seeing an uprising predicament, the government implemented a new federal health-law, which gives benefits to schools and hospitals that are training doctors. In furthering the attempt to overturn the shortage of physicians, the new health-care law ensures a 10% raise on salaries for all primary-care doctors. The new law will attempt to alleviate the process of residency for doctors from other countries, as many loath to come to the US because they must complete a U.S. residency before they could be given a license to practice medicine independently.

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