Physician Shortage to Quadruple Within Decade, AAMC Says
3. More effective use of healthcare providers to include advance practice nurses and physician assistants and team-based approaches, such as the medical home model.
"We're going to have to figure out how to be more efficient in the way we deliver care, how to use other healthcare professionals to the top of their licensed skill sets, and also figure out how to get more physicians out there into communities by training more," Grover says.
Even with 91,500 too few physicians in the forecast, there's still time to meet the growing need for medical care, according to Grover.
"You have to remember it takes about seven years to train a physician. What we're talking about is in the next year or two, we really need to start expanding those residency training programs to take in those larger medical school classes," Grover says. "It has to start in the next year or two."
Christopher Cheney is health plans editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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