Study: Major doctor shortage by 2025

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — By 2025, there may be a shortfall of up to 90,000 doctors nationwide according to a new study.

The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a nationwide shortage of nearly 50,000 to 90,000 doctors in the next 10 years.

About half that number would be primary care doctors.

The other half would be medical, surgical and other types of specialists.

The AAMC wants Congress to fund an extra 3,000 residency slots per year.

Currently there are between 27,000 to 29,000 slots per year for medical school graduates.

Experts say the number of residency slots nationwide isn’t enough for the growing number of medical students.

The need for doctors services is expected to increase by about 17 percent by 2025 according to the study.

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