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Published On June 10, 2015

POLICY

Retirement and the Physician Shortfall

A graph that outlines the gap between physician supply and demand between 2013 and 2035.

A number of factors point to a coming shortage of physicians. Baby boomer physicians will retire, patient populations are aging, and more people have access to care through the Affordable Care Act. The chart below measures the projected physician demand against supply, and how earlier or later retirement ages might affect that. Some argue that the shortfall may encourage older physicians to work longer.