Will California face a doctor shortage?

July 15, 2010

With an aging population and more people gaining insurance coverage thanks to the federal health reform, California might face a shortage of primary care doctors to serve all those who need care. While the number of doctors in the state has kept pace with population in recent years, the number of graduates from California’s eight medical schools has remained relatively flat over the last 15 years, in spite of the 20 percent growth in population.

The University of California, which operates five of the programs, has announced plans to expand enrollment in existing programs in addition to opening two new medical schools.

See a report on the issue from the California Healthcare Foundation here.

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