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Disruptive Remedies for the Physician Shortage



Extended roles for non-physicians is a direction toward which many hospitals and health systems are moving. Such efforts, if successful, might bring much-needed nuance into the discussion of the physician shortage, including disruptions in the types of physicians needed in the future.



1 comments on "Disruptive Remedies for the Physician Shortage"
david rollins (10/26/2012 at 1:24 PM)

There are four ways to fill physician positions in medically underserved areas. ? Expand medical school enrollments and establish more primary care residency programs. ? Raise the financial payments for primary care physicians. ? Open our doors to English speaking foreign physicians. ? Train local people, volunteers, to recruit physicians from the more popular U.S. locations where physicians tend to congregate to the less well known areas where there are few to none. The first two ways are ongoing but time and logistics are required to educate new physicians. The third would antagonize many groups of people and cause an exodus of physicians from our country's friends and neighbors. The fourth, the approach by Citizen-Volunteers Limited, is one that can be implemented immediately. Our vision is for each HPSA having too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty and/or high elderly population to have access to the physicians that they need. OUR MISSION IS TO ORGANIZE AND TRAIN LOCAL CITIZENS IN THESE HPSAS TO RECRUIT THEIR OWN PHYSICIANS. We are currently raising funds for our Beta Training program. David Rollins, Ex. Director/Founder