The increased demand for doctors generated by the Affordable Care Act coupled with a rapidly aging population may put cities’ healthcare systems at risk of collapse.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States could be facing a shortage of nearly 130,000 medical doctors by 2025. Last year, a CNN report cautioned that these shortages could threaten the entire healthcare system. 

Using U.S. Census data, Better Doctor, an online heath and wellness news source, compiled a list of the cities which will be most and least impacted by the shortage of doctors by the year 2020. They are:

City Residents per primary care doctor
New York 912
Los Angeles 531
San Antonio, Texas 531
Jacksonville, Fla. 447
Greensboro, N.C. 418
Raleigh, N.C. 379
Phoenix 353
Albuquerque, N.M. 310
Columbus, Ohio 310
Chicago 296

The ten least impacted cities will be:

City Residents per primary care doctor
Greenville, S.C. 44
Atlanta 76
Boston 81
Pittsburgh 87
Salt Lake City 93
St. Louis 97
Cincinnati 103
West Palm Beach, Fla. 104
Minneapolis 111
Hartford, Conn. 112

CNN reports that the Affordable Care Act has attempted to address the issue. $1.5 billion has been allotted for the National Health Services Corps, which gives financial support to health care professionals in exchange for their services in areas in need, particularly those in rural America.

The Act also allocated money for additional scholarships for those in the medical field, and offers a 10 percent bonus to primary care doctors who agree to see Medicare patients through 2015, CNN reports.


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