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Study Forecasts More Young Doctors in Future
Date:10/20/2009

9 percent will be older than 65 years, whereas the Masterfile-based projection indicates that 61 percent of active physicians will be younger than 55 years and 18 percent will be older than 65 years," the researchers said.

"Although this analysis was restricted to physician supply, projections of physician requirements also rely on estimates of the current number of physicians as a starting point for projections. Thus, without more accurate estimates of the size and age distribution of the current workforce, projections of physician supply, requirements and potential shortages may mislead policymakers as they try to anticipate and prepare for the health-care needs of the population," they concluded.

The study appears in the Oct. 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more about the healthcare workforce.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, Oct. 20, 2009


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