Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some new studies predict Virginia could be severely impacted by a shortage of doctors over the next 15 years.
The state's healthcare workforce data center says Virginia has a more tough time retaining new doctors than most states.
The Times-Dispatch reports only a third of graduates from the state's medical schools choose to stay in Virginia.
The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a doctor shortage of up to 159,000 physicians by 2025 nationwide.
Experts warn it could lead more people to use emergency rooms for treatment, and that could lead to a rise in health-care costs.