Doctor Shortage?

The Affordable Care Act will bring health insurance to some 32 million Americans by 2015. But according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the U.S. will be short nearly 63,000 doctors by then, and that number's only going to get higher. The reason: while demand for primary-care physicians is growing--thanks to the health care law expanding the number of people covered and aging baby boomers requiring more care--government funding of residency training has been frozen since 1996. Meanwhile, interest in becoming a primary-care physician has plummeted; the field's grueling hours and relatively low pay have given it a "second-class...

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