Primary Care physicians are the backbone of the American healthcare system. Indeed, studies show that states with a higher ratio of primary care physicians have better health and lower rates of mortality (per National Institutes of Health): Patients who regularly see a primary care physician also have lower health costs than those without one.
This primary care physician workforce is best positioned to meet the needs of our population, yet an alarming shortage of primary care physicians is looming: the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of between 21,100 and 55,200 primary care physicians by 2032. The major factor driving demand for physicians continues to be a growing, aging population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s population is estimated to grow by more than 10% by 2032, with those over age 65 increasing by 48%.