SC doctor shortage predicted

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — A new report suggests that South Carolina could face a critical shortage of doctors during the next decade as physicians and the population ages.

A report by the Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning provides a detailed description of the physicians working in the state. The office is located at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

While the number of doctors in the state has been growing faster than the population, the number of doctors per 10,000 people remains lower than in most states.

The report found that a barrier to training new physicians may be fewer graduate-level opportunities. Such positions are generally funded with federal dollars and there may not be as many positions available as lawmakers in Washington look for ways to cut federal spending.

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soldout
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soldout 12/09/11 - 01:56 pm
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those doing naet can more

those doing naet can more than make up for the shortage at a much lower cost and allow doctors to do what they are good at and less of what they are very poor at doing. Alternative care is becoming much more advanced and actualy fixes things and eliminates the need for most drugs. This could be a very very good thing.

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Chillen 12/09/11 - 01:59 pm
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Don't forget about the strain

Don't forget about the strain obamacare will put on our medical system. Many more people will now be running to the doctor for their boo boo or the sniffles.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/09/11 - 02:11 pm
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Absolutely Chillen, doctor's

Absolutely Chillen, doctor's offices and hospitals will have to install revolving doors and hire crowd control teams.

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