Aging physicians portend MD shortage
By Marilyn Bowden
Compared with rural areas in Florida, Miami-Dade County's physician workforce is in good shape, but a number of factors suggest that critical shortages are just around the corner.
The 2012 Physician Workforce Annual Report, just released by the state Department of Health, found that Miami-Dade, along with most of urbanized South Florida, has 21 to 34 physicians per 10,000 people.
"That's adequate coverage, not only in primary care but in most sub-specialties," said Karl M. Altenburger, MD, a board member of The Physicians Foundation, an advocacy group for practicing physicians. "The concern isn't so much for today but for five to 10 years from now."
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