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California needs more health care providers

Seven million Californians currently live in Health Professional Shortage Areas — a federal designation for communities that lack adequate primary care, dental care or mental health care providers. By 2030, as millions of baby boomers move into retirement — increasing the demand for care while simultaneously taking a significant number of experienced professionals out of the workforce — the state is projected to face a shortfall of 4,100 primary care physicians and 600,000 homecare workers and will have only two-thirds of the psychiatrists it needs.
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