Since 2011, about 10,000 Baby Boomers each day turn 65 in the United States.
The study is built on data from Merritt Hawkins’ physician search assignments conducted for hospitals and other healthcare providers that demonstrate the growing demand for medical specialists. It also cites Merritt Hawkins’ physician surveys which show that 80% of specialists are overextended or are at capacity, while only 20% have time to see more patients or take on new duties.
Mark Smith, president of Merritt Hawkins recruiting firm said:
In certain medical specialties, vascular surgery being just one, there are only a few thousand physicians, while patients with the conditions they treat number in the tens of millions. The data indicate that medical specialists will be in increasingly short supply, and this should be a serious concern for healthcare policy makers and the public.
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Source: HealthLeaders Media