Tag: Physician Shortage

Updated physician shortage projections smaller but still significant

Editor's Note The gap between demand and supply could result in a shortage of 13,500 to 86,000 physicians by 2036, according to updated projections published March 21 by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Although these figures are smaller than projections in the last report, published in 2021, they…

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By: Matt Danford
April 3, 2024
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Lack of primary care physicians tied to emergency surgeries

Editor's Note Research shows that Americans who live in areas with a limited number of primary care doctors and nurse practitioners are at a greater risk for emergency surgeries and complications. The findings were published March 4 in the journal Health Affairs.  For the study, researchers looked at Medicare patient…

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By: Brita Belli
March 19, 2024
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Physician shortages boost likelihood of emergency surgery, complications

Editor's Note Health complications and hospital readmissions are more likely for Medicare patients living in areas with primary care shortages. The findings, from a cross-sectional retrospective cohort study of data from 2015 to 2019, were published March 4 in Health Affairs. Specifically, the study showed that patients in areas with…

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By: Matt Danford
March 12, 2024
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South Korea issues deadline, threatens prosecution for junior doctors amid surgery-stopping strike

Editor's Note A week after a walkout of junior doctors in South Korea halted about a third of surgeries at large hospitals in Seoul, the government is threatening prosecution and the revocation of medical licenses if the walkout doesn’t end by February 29. As reported by the Associated Press February…

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By: Matt Danford
February 26, 2024
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Healthcare worker crisis grows in Florida

Editor's Note Population growth in Florida is amplifying the nationwide shortage of doctors and nurses and putting the state on the verge of a healthcare crisis, Fox 13 Tampa Bay December 27 reports. An estimated 300,000 residents will relocate to Florida annually during the next 5 years. Meanwhile, a third…

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By: Brita Belli
January 2, 2024
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NPs are transforming the healthcare landscape amid physician shortages

Editor's Note The number of nurse practitioners (NPs) in the US has surged to 385,000, according to a November 14 Becker's Clinical Leadership article. As a result, the profession seems to be gaining prominence in healthcare amid an anticipated shortage of 100,000 physicians, Becker's Hospital Review December 4 reports. Research…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 4, 2023
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