Population Health News: Lack of specialty care, provider shortage

March 21, 2018

Population Health

Population Health News has featured AristaMD in a discussion around the lack of access to specialty care, and eminent provider shortage that is disrupting the healthcare industry.

As demographics change and evolve, so do the medical needs of Americans. The United States is currently facing a large aging population, many of whose members have complex medical needs. As a result, the demand for specialty care in the United States is at an all-time high. Getting timely access to care, however, is often an intricate and convoluted process that can be frustrating for patients seeking medical attention. Many patients encounter long wait lists or must travel far to obtain needed specialty care. Compounding this problem is a growing physician shortage: The United States is projected to experience a deficit of 95,000 physicians by 2025.1

The demand for physicians is continuing to increase; however, the supply of medical professionals is not keeping up with this growth. Specialties, such as surgery, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, radiology, psychiatry and many other high demand clinical disciplines will experience significant shortages by 2030.2

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