Physician Shortage: A Case Study

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Over the last few years the US has been faced with a Physician shortage, with that in hand the decrease of doctors has cause a geographic maldistribution, that could potentially leave communities with less access to a primary doctor and a troubled health care system . Physicians in the united states are not regulated on to where or how they should work . Most physicians tend to work in bigger cities usually because of market forces ,better opportunities and better family life style that around found in urban areas. With this lack of control in Physician Geographic distribution, data shows that the ratio per physician per person , overall is high in rural areas. “The United States has about 80 primary care physicians per 100,000 people, which includes an average of 68 primary care physicians for every 100,000 residents in rural areas and 84 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents in urban areas.”(AAFP)…show more content…
With demand increase most likely primary care physicians will focus on urban cities, due to better resources. Medical students are discourage to become l Primary physician due to the increasing work load, specially those in rural are that require twice as much then an urban area. Also in rural areas Hospital cost will raise and emergency room visits will increase , therefore creating a decrease in over all health in the community . With lack of Primary Physician distribution, the aging population in America could see a significant decrease in their health So far the government has only placed a couple polices inaction(implement ) for example Title VII of the Public Service Act, NHSC Scholarships and Student Service

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