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This article in USA Today reports on a trend reported by the CDC regarding the frequency of visits to the physician’s office.  The CDC reports that visits increased 26% between 1996 and 2006, the same time period that experienced an 11% growth in population.

The reason?  An aging population.

Juxtaposed against this information from the University of Missouri which predicts a shortage of 44,000 primary care physicians by 2025 (I blogged about this recently in a post about supply in demand in healthcare here) and we’ve got a problem on our hands.

Time to get crafty with our access points into the healthcare system…

The aging of the U.S. population is translating into many more visits to doctors’ offices and hospitals, a reality that is taxing weak spots in the health-care system, according to a government report released Wednesday.