Will Your Specialty Care be Impacted by the Changing Healthcare Landscape?

Take a mental snapshot of the U.S. health care system as it is today, because in 10 years, you might not recognize it. And if something isn't done now to boost the number of doctors in the U.S., you may not like it, either.

Take a mental snapshot of the U.S. health care system as it is today, because in 10 years, you might not recognize it. And if something isn't done now to boost the number of doctors in the U.S., you may not like it, either.

If current trends hold, the number of physicians -- particularly specialists -- in the pipeline today may not be enough to keep pace with the future needs of a graying population, let alone the challenges of the new health care landscape, according to a study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs.

Consider some basic facts. In just 12 years, the U.S. population will have increased by 9.5 percent, with the elderly population -- those aged 65 years and older -- swelling by a substantial 45 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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