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Doctor's office Over the next five years, 21% of family medicine, pediatric, OB/GYN and other primary care physicians will move into retirement age. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Increased demands on workers have contributed to a growing shortage of health care professionals that started even before the pandemic.

“The health care workforce is burned out following a nearly two-year faceoff against COVID-19,” said John Derse, health care industry leader for Mercer. “The demands placed on health care workers since the start of the pandemic have been unrelenting and overall, this data show that there will not be enough health care workers to fill demand in the near future. This impact will be felt by all of us, regardless of where we live or our field of work.”

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