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Doctor Shortage Projected By Year 2020

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The wait to see your primary care physician could get even longer according to new numbers released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

It's estimated in just 5 years, there will be a shortage of around 20,000 primary care physicians. Experts say it's due to an aging population.

It's a shortage that doctors at the SIU School of Medicine say is already taking hold in Central Illinois.

While there are a number of hospitals and clinics in the springfield area many people still don't have a primary doctor.

"You don't have to go very far outside of Springfield to rural areas and other under served areas where there is absolutely a shortage of healthcare providers and many patients have to travel 30, 40, or 50 more miles to find a physician of access to health care," said Dr. Harald Lausen

However, there is a positive side to the shortage. Doctors say those who are studying medicine will have more job security in the future. Doctor Shortage Projected By Year 2020


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