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Michigan Facing Shortage of Primary Care Physicians, to Get Worse by 2030

Detroit Free Press

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Michigan is experiencing a decline in the number of primary care physicians, with more shortages expected by 2030, particularly impacting residents in underserved areas.

The shortages can be curbed, in part, by beefing up state funding for existing programs to recruit, train and retain physicians in that field, a group of family medicine physicians said Monday.

Michigan has 269 health professional shortage areas, where either the proportion of family physicians and primary care physicians is too low or there are no primary care physicians whatsoever, according to Kaiser Family Foundation data, said ...