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Fact #454: The U.S. currently produces about 25,000 doctors a year.  To keep up with demographic trends, we’ll need between 3,000 and 10,000 more per year.  (Source: USA Today)

Fact #455: As recently as 2000, the Journal of the American Medical Association predicted the U.S. would have 165,000 more doctors than the nation would need.  Due to Baby Boomer retirement and a growing aging propulation, by the year 2020, the U.S. will face a shortage of as many as 200,000 doctors. (Source: USA Today)

Fact #456:  The nation now has 800,000 doctors. That won’t be enough when the current generation of physicians reaches retirement age. (Source: Council on Graduate Medical Education)

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Ira S Wolfe


  1. Social Demcratic "Hun" November 6, 2005 at 3:16 pm -

    Oh well, we can just get them from India and China and drive the wages of doctors down to $11,300 so a Piled-Higher-and-Deeper degree still gives a return of $1,000 per year.
    BTW, I am a realist, not a cynic, let’s keep the messages positive.