COLUMBIA, Mo. -- By 2025, the wait to see a doctor could get a lot longer if the current number of students training to be primary care physicians doesn't increase soon, according to a new University of Missouri study. Jack Colwill, professor emeritus of family and community medicine in the MU School of Medicine, and his research team found that the U.S. could face a shortage of up to 44,000 family physicians and general internists in less than 20 years, due to a skewed compensation system that rewards specialists increasingly more than primary care practitioners.
MP: Looks like the recent explosion of retail health care clinics might be happening at just the right time (see chart above, from Merchant Medicine)?
Thanks to Ben Cunningham for the pointer.