Virginia may soon experience shortage of doctors

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.

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