Geriatricians in Short Supply and More Will Be Needed

The country’s fastest growing age group is 85 and older, with the leading of edge of the baby boom already well into their 60s. Yet the number of geriatricians in the nation has dropped by a quarter since 2000, down to 7,000, according to the [embed_youtubea style=”cursor: pointer; display: inline; font-family: Georgia,”Times New Roman”,Times,serif; font-size: 15px; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal;” class=” lingo_link lingo_link_hidden” href=”” rel=”nofollow”>American Geriatrics Society[embed_youtube/a>, which estimates that 36,000 will be needed by 2030.[embed_youtubebr />[embed_youtubebr />Young medical school graduates are not inclined to go into primary care let alone geriatric primary care. They prefer the higher paying specialist fields. Yet as medical homes become more prevalent I would foresee a geriatric medical home as a highly sought after and higher reimbursed model that needs to take hold.[embed_youtubebr />[embed_youtubebr />We need to educate the public and the health care field about the great shortage of geriatric physicians and why their knowledge is so vital for the continued health of our aging population.[embed_youtubebr />[embed_youtubediv style=”border: medium none ; overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;”>[embed_youtubebr />Read more [embed_youtubea href=”″>here[embed_youtube/a> and [embed_youtubea href=”,0,7762076.story”>here[embed_youtube/a>.[embed_youtubebr />[embed_youtubebr />[embed_youtubebr />[embed_youtube/div>