Nov 12 2013
"There is little that can be done to materially correct the near-term situation, but it is imperative that some combination of strategies be undertaken for the long term," writes NYIT Center for the Future of the Healthcare Workforce Director Richard Cooper, MD, referring to the physician shortage in the United States, in an opinion piece published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medicine Association (subscription required). "To do nothing ignores powerful economic and demographic trends and leaves future generations to ponder why they and their loved ones must experience illness without access to competent and caring physicians.”
In the special issue, Cooper's piece, "Unraveling the Physician Supply Dilemma," details the factors that have caused the shortage. He urges the medical community to press for changes, including lifting Medicare caps on residency positions, shortening the training required in some specialties, or changing the licensing rules for physicians trained in other countries.