Baby Boomers Problem

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As a person grows into their seventies and eighties, they are not only rewarded with extra candles on their cake, but a plethora of medical issues: arthritis, cancer, respiratory disease, osteoporosis. Each and every day there are more people that fall into this age bracket due to the vast amount of babies that were born from the late 1940’s to the early 1960’s (otherwise known as the baby boom).

These “baby boomers” are getting to the age where many of them require multiple visits to a primary care doctor as well as a variety of medications for all of the problems of their deteriorating bodies. This poses a great problem due to the fact that there are too many patients to be treated by the amount of primary doctors we currently have.

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A residency is required training that is completed after medical school. Without completing a residency program, DO and MD medical school graduates are unable to practice medicine. Although the number of DO and MD graduates has been increasing, there has been very minimal increase in the number of open residency spots that are available. This means that some of these would-be physicians are unable to practice medicine simple because the number of med school graduates outnumbers the number of open residency…show more content…
But why should the federal government focus on primary care residencies? Because the federal government doesn't currently fund enough residency spots, it forces hospitals to pay for any additional positions out of their own pocket. This leads hospitals to neglect giving residencies to those who want to go into primary care, which is what we are in desperate need of, and instead focus on providing residency spots to more revenue-producing specialties like surgery.

Essentially, because the federal government chooses not to pony up the dough to increase the amount of residency spots around the country, it forces the hand of the hospitals to do what is going to make them enough money to keep afloat rather than address the dire need of more primary care
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