Study: Lack of doctors begets rise in healthcare costs (obviously)

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are predicting a severe shortage of primary care doctors in the near future and a marked lack of physicians able to care for “real people.”

As of now, the Healthy Workforce in Arkansas study, shows a 1,000-physician vacancy in the primary care field and UAMS worries that the number could grow if med students continue to choose areas of study based on pay rates versus need.

The lack of primary care doctors leads to more emergency room visits which begets higher health care costs, which decreases quality and increases the overall cost of living… generating further economic downturn, explain doctors within the study.

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