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Medical Executive Says Texas Needs 150,000 New Doctors

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AUSTIN (AP) – A medical executive predicts Texas will need up to 1 million more nurses and 150,000 additional doctors in the next 15 years.

Arthur Garson Jr., who’s senior vice president at the University of Texas Health Science Center, on Monday cited the anticipated health needs of the state’s growing, aging population.

Garson took part in an Austin conference hosted by the University of Texas System.

He suggested that Texas medical schools would need to double their output over the next four years. He estimates that nursing schools would need to double their output over the next 14 years.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Texas had 188 physicians per 100,000 residents in 1990. By last year that number grew to 200 doctors per 100,000 residents.

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