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The Nation : Less Need for Doctors Seen

January 23, 1986

Health maintenance organizations and new health care programs will cut the number of physicians needed in the United States in half by 1990, a Johns Hopkins University study released in Baltimore said. The study said earlier projections by the federal government and medical groups overestimated the need for doctors by as much as 50%. "Because of the staffing patterns and the differing styles of providing care, HMOs need fewer physicians than conventional care sites," said Donald Steinwachs, director of the study.

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