Staffing shortages, more dangerous workplaces, aging physicians and the increasing politicization of medicine: The warning signs for America’s burned-out health care workforce are all there. A strained health care system may be heading in a dangerous direction in the pandemic’s aftermath, according to new data points and a blunt warning from the head of the nation’s leading medical association. “The physician shortage that we have long feared — and warned was on the horizon — is here. It’s an urgent crisis, hitting every corner of this country,” American Medical Association president Jesse Ehrenfeld said at a National Press Club event.
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