No Doctors for the Elderly

April 29, 2011
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[A] report, published this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, warns that as the proportion of older adults spikes from 12% to a projected 20% by 2030, caring for 70 million people 65 and older and 10 million 85 and older will be a challenge.

[A] report, published this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, warns that as the proportion of older adults spikes from 12% to a projected 20% by 2030, caring for 70 million people 65 and older and 10 million 85 and older will be a challenge.

Earlier studies by physicians groups predicted 36,000 additional geriatricians will be needed by 2030. But the new report calls that “impossible and unrealistic.” Fewer than 320 physicians entered geriatric medicine fellowship training from 2004 to 2008, the report said.

Full article on the shortage of geriatricians.