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Michigan Physician Shortage Facts

Physician supply lags patient demand nationally and across Michigan. 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.1,2,3

  • Nearly 40% of American physicians will reach retirement age.
  • The United States will face a shortage of over 120,000 physicians.
  • 32.7% of Michigan’s physicians are within retirement range right now.

Michigan is projected to be short 862 primary care doctors.4,5,6

  • There are only 252 residency slots in Michigan for primary care each year.
  • 45.2% of those residents will practice out of state.

72 of Michigan’s 83 counties are health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).7,8,9

  • 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.
  • 3,594,485 Michigan residents live in an HPSA.

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

24% worse
for anesthesiology

27% worse
for gastroenterology

16% worse
for geriatric medicine

24% worse
for preventative medicine

26% worse
for psychiatry