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In the mid- to late-1990s, in an effort to cut costs, managed care companies stressed preventive medicine through primary care physicians rather than treatment by specialists. In hopes of meeting an increased demand, a majority of medical students are choosing primary care residencies, leaving a dire shortage of new physicians training in medical specialties. The growing demand for specialty care (particularly by a growing aging population) coupled with a shortage of trained physicians has resulted in a good job market for those who chose to specialize. If the trend continues, the outlook for gastroenterologists and other medical specialists looks bright. Employment of all physicians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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