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Physician Shortage Believed Worse Than Anticipated

The October 21 New York Times reports:

Whether the nation faces a doctor shortage is a matter of debate. But a new study suggests there are already fewer doctors practicing than had been estimated, because of a lag in reporting retirements.

The new study, published in the Oct. 21 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, estimates that the United States has 788,000 active doctors --- 65,000 fewer than calculations have suggested.

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