Workforce Implications


The pipeline to expand the number of health care providers able to serve persons with musculoskeletal conditions is a long one. For someone to be trained as an orthopedic surgeon may require 15 years or more, including medical school; it may take only slightly fewer years for someone to be trained as a rheumatologist. The increased access to health insurance as a result of the ACA may, therefore, strain the existing workforce. 


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