A fourth of Massachusetts doctors plan to leave the field in the next two years, according to a survey.
The problems are only expected to worsen. According to a 2021 report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, there will be a shortage of between 17,800 and 48,000 primary care physicians nationally by 2034, and a shortage of between 21,000 and 77,100 physicians in nonprimary care specialties. In Massachusetts alone, a fourth of doctors say they will leave the field in the next two years, according to a recent survey of its members by the Massachusetts Medical Society. Read more