Providing Surgical Care to an Aging Population: Implications for the Surgical Workforce



The demographic trends underlying the “aging population” have already been discussed in Chap. 12. As a result of increasing life expectancy and the aging of the baby boomers, the United States (US) population will see a dramatic increase in the number of older individuals. Between 2010 and 2030, those aged 65 years and older are projected to rise by 78%, an absolute increase of over 30 million individuals. These unprecedented changes in the demographics of the US population will lead to significant growth in the demand for surgical treatment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMayo Clinic Arizona, Mayo Clinic College of MedicinePhoenixUSA

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