TMJ4: Rural Wisconsin Clinics Braced for Primary Care Doctor Shortage

Demand for primary care doctors is growing due to an aging population, but the supply of such physicians is struggling to keep up.

Those findings were part of a report from the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce .

It found that demand for primary care doctors will increase by roughly 20% and eventually “outpace projected supply,” by 2035.

The same statistics showed rural communities across the state will see the greatest percentage deficits if the projected shortfall comes to fruition.

The report attributes the shortage of primary care physicians, partially, to 40% of the current crop of such doctors retiring by 2035.

At Mercyhealth’s clinic in Delavan, Dr. Richard Terry, a Family Medicine Physician, said he thinks being a primary care doctor is often undersold as a career at different medical schools.

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