Niko Karvounis writes on the geriatrician shortage. As baby boomers approach Medicare age, finding doctors to coordinate their care is becoming more challenging. This is due to the same reasons exacerbating the primary care shortage.
Money, as always, is the answer. Not only financial incentives for medical students to choose the field, but the resources for medical schools to institute geriatrics into the curriculum.
Ever wonder why geriatrics is a popular specialty in the UK?
Geriatrics is the third most popular specialty in Britain, due in part to a reimbursement system that scales up compensation with the age of patients.
Massachusetts mistakenly thinks that simply expanding medical school class sizes will solve the problem. They’re going to be sorely disappointment when these extra medical students choose radiology or dermatology instead.