The Looming Doctor Shortage

With nearly 80 million Baby Boomers approaching retirement age, America is facing a critical crisis. There simply aren’t enough doctors to care for the aging population.

Currently, the U.S. produces about 25,000 doctors a year. To keep up with the demographic trends, we’ll need between 3,000 and 10,000 more per year. Making matters worse is how long it takes to train a physician — an entire decade — which means that by the year 2020, the U.S. will face a shortage of as many as 200,000 doctors, according to a recent report in This content is for TRENDS SUBSCRIPTION members only.

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