Primary Care Physician Shortages Are on the Horizon

Susan Szulc, MD

The full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014 will provide health insurance to more people.  And when people gain insurance, they tend to use more services.

All the aches and pains that weren’t addressed for years, will now need to be evaluated.

Analysts estimate there will be 20 million more primary care visits in 2015.  That creates a shortage of over 51,000 primary care physicians by 2025.  The 10 states that will require the largest increase in PCPs are New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Florida, Texas and California.

Although some of this shortage will be addressed by expanding primary care physician training, this won’t completely fill the deficit of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine physicians.

What will that mean for patients? As physician’s patient panels increase in number, you may have to wait longer for that follow up visit with your doctor.

Source: Internal Medicine News, Jan 2013

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About Dr. Susan Szulc
Susan V. Szulc, MD, is a board-certified internist with Bon Secours Medical Associates at Virginia Beach. She received her bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Dr. Szulc earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Va., where she also completed a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Szulc is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Szulc’s special interests include palliative care and hypertension.

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