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How best to respond to a predicted doctor shortage?
Southern California Public Radio

Another study predicting a future shortage of doctors in the U.S. is adding to the debate about the best way to respond.

While some argue that the answer lies primarily in training more doctors, others say there also needs to be an emphasis on giving other providers – such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants – the freedom to practice primary care on their own.

The Association of American Medical Colleges says the country faces a shortage of 46,000 to 90,000 doctors in the coming years.