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General Practitioners

Outlook

Employment of general practitioners is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. One reason for growth is that the population is steadily increasing and people are living longer, requiring more health care services. Another factor is the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has increased the number of people who are covered by health insurance. Additionally, job prospects are especially good for primary care physicians because more insurance companies are using HMOs and PPOs. These plans require that their insurance holders see a general practitioner first in order to get a referral to a specialist. A shortage of between 21,100 and 55,200 primary care physicians is expected by 2032, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. 

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