The United States healthcare system is on the verge of a serious physician deficiency. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a report in April, 2016, revealing some very real statistics.
The AAMC report estimates that by the year 2025, a projected total physician shortfall of between 61,700 and 94,700 will exist. Four specialty categories were included in the report: primary care, medical specialties, surgical specialties, and other specialties, all of which are facing significant shortages estimated to affect health care delivery.
There is no simple solution, given the amount of complex and interchanging factors that together create the