Commentary: physician retirement and physician shortages

J Community Health. 2009 Oct;34(5):353-6. doi: 10.1007/s10900-009-9165-5.


Considerable recent discussion has taken place regarding the predicted future shortage of physicians, especially in primary care. Much of the attention has focused on the difficulty of recruiting new physicians into primary care practice. It is suggested that part of the solution may be increased efforts to recruit and retain older physicians into primary care practice rather than retirement.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Health Workforce / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Medically Underserved Area*
  • Physicians / supply & distribution*
  • Retirement / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States