Arizona may face doctor shortage due to Affordable Care Act

PHOENIX - Waiting at the doctor's office is never a fun thing to do. Over the next couple years, it might get even worse.

Arizona is expected to add nearly 800,000 newly insured patients as a result of the Affordable Care Act. This will take over our current health care system. Arizona already has a shortage of doctors. 

According to the Association of American Medical College; Arizona ranks 43rd in the country for its share of primary care doctors.

"The number of medical students that graduate isn't the problem, it's the number of medical education positions that are available is where the problem lies," said Dr. Grossman, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Arizona.

It is unclear yet if the large amount of newly insured people will be phased in over a period of time, or if they all will join at once.

"Recognition of this crunch that's coming down the pike should significantly underscore the need to enhance our medical education capabilities," said Dr. Grossman.

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