Specialty physicians, surgeons in high demand as supply dwindles

Physician demand is growing faster than supply, according to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The report was compiled based on data from revised federal health professional shortage designations for primary care and mental health specialties, and low projections of insurance coverage expansion, among other factors.

Three report takeaways:

1. By 2032, the report predicts there will be a shortage of 21,100 to 55,200 primary care physicians.

2. There will also be a shortage of 14,300 to 23,400 physicians in surgical specialties.

3. Within the next decade, two out of five physicians will be 65 or older. Changes in the number of physicians retiring could have the largest impact on supply.

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