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The Answer To the Doctor Shortage Isn’t More Doctors
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The answer to the doctor shortage isn’t more doctors. Yesterday, the New York Times Editorial Board published a piece on the shortage of physicians in the United States and what’s needed for healthcare workforce redesign.

It’s a good, concise piece about the common thinking around the gap between the needs of our growing patient population and the number of doctors available to deliver the care they need. As as an example, the article refers to a recent statement by the Association of American Medical Colleges whose models predict a shortage of 90,000 doctors in the U.S. by 2020. In Canada, the story is sometimes different, where physician unemployment is growing due to inadequate infrastructure and poor workforce planning.