Opinion: The health care workforce is understaffed for life after Covid-19

As the U.S. gradually unburies itself from the Covid-19 pandemic, some people have been sounding the alarm about looming shortages of physicians and nurses. They should be equally worried about shortages of others in the health care workforce, like medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, dental assistants, and more.

When many states and local jurisdictions began mandating stay-at-home orders, Americans began canceling regular checkups and visits to their health care providers for managing chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. Similarly, medical offices began deferring elective services and limiting their office hours and even staff.

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