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Medical News & Perspectives
October 11, 2000

Panel Predicts Shortfall in Care for the Aged

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JAMA. 2000;284(14):1775-1776. doi:10.1001/jama.284.14.1775-JMN1011-3-1

Chicago—Some pieces of good news may produce bad results for health care delivery in the upcoming decades.

The good news is that people are living longer and women have increased professional job opportunities. That combination means, however, that planners are projecting a shortage of health care workers—particularly of registered nurses, a field traditionally filled by women—by 2020, when the majority of baby boomers reach the age when most medical attention is needed.

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