“Population growth will be the greatest driver of expected increases in primary care utilization. Aging and insurance expansion will also contribute to utilization, but to a smaller extent,” the study concludes, according to the publication.
Researchers from Georgetown University and the Robert Graham Center, Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care blame the possible massive shortage of physicians on the advent of Obamacare and an aging population.
Researchers project that the U.S. will need an additional 52,000 primary care physicians in 13 years or face the prospect of millions of Americans without access to healthcare.
The researchers warn that the shortage could begin to put pressure on the healthcare system earlier than 2025 as baby boomers age and physicians retire.