Physician shortages: Key stats to know

Here are six stats on the physician shortages that leaders need to know:

1. More than 2 in 5 active physicians will be older than 65 in the next decade, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. 

2. The U.S. could see a shortage of 54,100 to 139,000 physicians by 2033, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges cited in a Time report. 

3. Cardiology, ophthalmology and orthopedic surgery are expected to see the most significant physician deficits, according to a January report from financial planning company Physicians Thrive.

4. About 25 percent of physicians said they made plans for early retirement during the pandemic, according to a Medscape survey, and several others said they have considered leaving medicine.

5. The country faces a potential shortage of 21,000 to 77,100 nonprimary care specialty physicians by 2034, according to data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges. This includes 15,800 to 30,200 for surgical  specialties, as well as 3,800 to 13,400 for medical specialties. 

6. California is expected to experience a shortage of 32,669 physicians by 2030, according to a study published in Human Resources for Health. Here are 10 states predicted to have the greatest shortages of physicians by 2030.

 

 



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