HONOLULU (AP) - University of Hawaii researchers say a statewide shortage of physicians is getting worse.
Researchers at UH's John A. Burns School of Medicine say Hawaii is about 750 doctors short of the number the state should have based on population. The shortage is expected to grow to a deficit of about 1,400 by 2020.
A third of Hawaii's nearly 3,000 practicing physicians are reaching retirement age. Hawaii's population is aging at one of the highest rates in the nation. The doctor shortage is increasing when health care needs from age-related illnesses will become more acute.
A UH medical school conference on Saturday focused on how the state can maximize the Affordable Care Act and how to make Hawaii a desirable place to practice medicine.