There won't be enough family doctors to go around by the year 2025, according to a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
An aging and growing population in the country is contributing to the coming shortage. Obamacare will also add another 38 million people to the health care burden.
Those figures mean new patients will be added without more primary care physicians to help them.
While the United States does have plenty of doctors, the study indicates there will not be enough doctors who choose to become primary care physicians, often for financial reasons.
"Expect long waits if we cannot figure out how to resolve it. The only place left to go for primary care will be the emergency room," Dr. Randy Wexler, with the John Glenn Institute of Public Service and Policy, told ABC News.
He added that more people will die from basic preventable illnesses, like hypertension.
The study was conducted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Primary Care and published Monday in the Annals of Family Medicine.