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February 28, 2001

Demands of an Aging Population for Critical Care and Pulmonary Services

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(8):1016-1018. doi:10.1001/jama.285.8.1016

To the Editor: The Committee on Manpower for Pulmonary and Critical Care Societies (COMPACCS)1 reported that the United States faces a major shortage of physicians in these specialties as the population ages. If the United States continues to provide care in substantially the same way it now does, the committee is probably correct. Two contrasting observations, however, may be in order.