The shortage of physicians available for the aging baby boomer population has recently been a topic of conversation among seniors and doctors alike, and Dr Ardis Dee Haven, the chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees, recently discussed the emerging problems in detail on the organization’s website.
Haven says that the anticipated retirement of nearly 78 million American boomers will put an unprecedented strain on the healthcare system, but the AMA has been taking steps to ensure that doctors are preparing for this shift.
One important factor in their preparations is that every medical professional – from undergraduate to doctor – has to be qualified in geriatric care, so new physicians should all be capable of caring for baby boomers, as well as other patients.
However, Haven claims that 20 percent of seniors have five or more chronic illnesses, which mandate approximately 40 doctor visits to 14 physicians each year. He concludes that the future of aged care is up in the air, since retiring baby boomers could fill waiting rooms and possibly overwhelm doctors.
Some boomers who are worried about their own health, but also want to reduce visits to the hospital, may consider investing in a personal emergency response system. This device allows you to immediately notify a hospital if you experience an injury or unexpected health problem.