A doctor walks through a hallway at the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2013. A medical exodus has been taking place for a decade in the Caribbean territory as doctors and nurses flee for the U.S. mainland, seeking higher salaries and better reimbursements from insurers. Ricardo Arduengo/AP
Puerto Rico might become the next area to be affected by a shortage of physicians. According to the National Public Radio (NPR), at least, one doctor leaves PR every day. In a country where more than 60 percent of it's residents are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, the lost of medical practitioners could be devastating. Volunteers, currently studying to become healthcare practitioners, will surely be needed soon.