10 States with The Lowest Number of Physicians per Capita

The U.S. is currently facing a severe shortage of doctors. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that by 2020, the shortage will amount to more than 90,000 doctors, including 45,000 patient care physicians. Why such a shortfall? The baby boom generation is getting older and will require more medical care in the coming years. The newly enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will soon require most people to obtain health insurance, leading millions more to seek care. Finally, a third of all doctors plan to retire this decade. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 10 states with the lowest number of physicians per capita.

A new survey conducted by the research firm 2/7 Wall St has identified the 10 U.S. States that have the fewest doctors per 100,000 people in the population, versus the 10 States that have the most doctors per 100,000 people. A comparison of these States shows a stark contrast in terms of life expectancy of the population, and other key factors. This analysis is of great significance to the nation’s healthcare system, as a whole, as “The U.S. is currently facing a severe shortage of doctors,” the survey authors point out. You can also check our list of 10 Doctors and Specialists Who Work the Longest Hours.

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