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US faces doctor shortage

10th June 2006

10052006_consultant1Q.jpgIn the USA, a looming doctor shortage threatens to create a national health care crisis by further limiting access to physicians, jeopardizing quality and accelerating cost increases.

Twelve states - including California, Texas and Florida - report some physician shortages now or expect them within a few years. Across the country, patients are experiencing or soon will face shortages in at least a dozen physician specialties.

Experts believe it may be too late to head off havoc for at least the next decade given the long lead time to train surgeons and other specialists.

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