henryjekyl

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Does anyone know if there is any truth to many articles citing a future over saturation of physicians? What proof is there?
 

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Where did you see these articles? Ten years ago?

In the mid 90s there were projections based on trends at the time (if you look at how they came up with these projections it was ridicuous) that there was an impending glut of specialists.

The surplus never materialized and we are now facing an impending "crisis" within the next 3-4 years as all the boomers hit medicare age. This is why there is such a big push for all the "physician extenders". They are looking for a cheaper way to care for all the boomers.
 

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henryjekyl said:
Does anyone know if there is any truth to many articles citing a future over saturation of physicians? What proof is there?
Actually, the situation is quite the opposite. There is a physician shortage in the US that is predicted to only get worse. I think it stems from the fact that medical schools aren't increasing the numbers of students in classes necessary to keep up with the growing and aging population.

Here's some articles from a google search on the subject:
http://www.nejmjobs.org/rpt/rpt_article_5.asp
http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/01/05/prl20105.htm
http://fig.cox.miami.edu/~cmallery/150/webstories/physician_shortage.htm
 
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henryjekyl

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katrinadams9 said:
Actually, the situation is quite the opposite. There is a physician shortage in the US that is predicted to only get worse. I think it stems from the fact that medical schools aren't increasing the numbers of students in classes necessary to keep up with the growing and aging population.
Allopathic schools are not increasing class size compaired to osteopathic class sizes -some of which are around 250.
 

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my school started out with 230 n is now 215. LECOM - Erie, pa. Yes osteopathic