US Faces Critical Family Medicine Doctor Shortage

First-year resident Dr. Rachel Seay, third from left, circumcises a newborn in George Washington University Hospital’s delivery wing on March 12. Getty ImagesHopeTracker| Not only does America face a nursing shortage. Enough primary care doctors are also not in America’s pipeline, and the shortage will increase with newly insured people seeking medical treatement.

The number of medical school students willing to become general practitioners, internists, family physicians and pediatricians dropped by a quarter between 2002 and 2007.

Specialized medicine pays better against the relatively equal cost of a medical school education for all sectors of doctors.

Under America’s new health care laws, Medicare pay is increased 10% for this class of doctors and incentives exist for students to enter this category of medicine. However, writes the WSJ, the country faces a lack of mandatory three-year residency positions, required to pass medical board exams. Read on US Faces Shortage of Doctors.