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US faces geriatrics specialist shortage

Gap worsening as boomers age

By Matt Sedensky
Associated Press / November 6, 2011

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In this sleepy, riverside town in northeast Florida, 86-year-old Betty Wills sees the advertisements of obstetricians and gynecologists on the main road’s billboards and has found specialists ranging from cardiologists to surgeons in the phone book. But there’s not a single geriatrician - a doctor who specializes in treating the elderly - in all of Putnam County, where a fifth of the county’s 74,000 people are seniors.

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