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Federal Jobs Program Targets Rural Physician Recruitment

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2011

The second half of the report outlines the current state of rural America, including its healthcare access and performance challenges. The report cites statistics like ones showing that rural coun­ties had on average 62 primary care doctors for every 100,000 residents in 2008, compared with 79.5 primary care doctors for the same number of residents in urban areas.

 Although provider shortages are not news to rural healthcare leaders, it's encouraging that the White House is acknowledging the problem, advocates say, and the creation of the White House Rural Council is a step in the right direction.

"This is something we have supported in the past as a means to better coordinate rural issues across sector within the federal government. However, for this new council to be successful, it will need to place health and healthcare front and center within its discussions,” Alan Morgan, the National Rural Health Association's CEO, said in an e-mail to HealthLeaders Media in June

The White House report also points to improvements to rural healthcare that will come with the Affordable Care Act, such as a 10% bonus for general surgeons in health professional shortage areas for the years 2011-2015.

 

 


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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1 comments on "Federal Jobs Program Targets Rural Physician Recruitment"


Jack (8/24/2011 at 2:18 PM)
Per the 2010 MGMA physician comp and production survey, a 90th percentile family practioner (same goes for internal med) does not exceed $1M in annual charges. How do they arrive at $1.5M?