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Massachusetts Physician Shortage Facts

Physician supply lags patient demand nationally and across Massachusetts. As supply falls, patients wait longer to see a doctor, and doctors burn out.

The U.S. is projected to have 120,000 too few doctors nationally.1,2,4

  • Nearly 40% of American physicians will reach retirement age.
  • The United States will face a shortage of over 120,000 physicians.
  • 32.1% of Massachusetts’s physicians are within retirement range right now.

Massachusetts is projected to be short 725 primary care providers.3

20,952 Massachusetts residents, physicians, and senior physicians were surveyed:

  • 55% of Massachusetts physicians report experiencing burnout.
  • 27% of Massachusetts physicians report intention to leave medicine by 2026.

11 of Massachusetts’s 14 are health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).6,7

  • Low-income citizens are disproportionately affected by these shortages.
  • HPSA designations indicate areas where there are 3,500 or more patients for every one provider.

Ranked against other states, Massachusetts’s doctor-to-patient ratio is:

  • 40% worse for family medicine and general practice
  • 19% worse in pediatric cardiology
  • 30% worse in pediatric hematology and oncology