Income Crisis Among General Practitioners May Lead to Doctor Shortage

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There may be a doctor shortage heading our way. Because of a number of factors — including the high cost of medical school, large amounts of student debt resulting from the high cost of said medical school, and expensive insurance premiums — more medical students are choosing to become specialists, a route that pays considerably more. What does this mean? Fewer students are choosing to become general practitioners or to go into family medicine, which means there will be fewer doctors to service increasing populations of people, like baby boomers, who need medical treatment. Fewer doctors means more ailments. More ailments — well, you know what that means. If it is this bad for the entire country, what does this mean for black folks?

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