Number of doctors was overstated, study finds

New York Times, October 27, 2009

A new study suggests there are already fewer doctors practicing than had been estimated because of a lag in reporting retirements. The new study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, estimates that the United States has 788,000 active doctors—65,000 fewer than calculations have suggested. The doctor work force is also younger than previously estimated, with a greater proportion of doctors in their 20s and 30s and fewer who are 65 and older. By 2020, there will be 957,000 physicians, the new estimates show, rather than the 1.05 million previously projected.


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