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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Healthcare professionals shortage
Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) says the shortage of health care professionals – including doctors, nurses, paramedics, and x-ray technicians, is a problem that has the potential to keep getting worse. “First, our country’s population is aging and growing – which is widening the gap between the number of people who need health care and the number of those who provide it,” Alexander said. “And second, at a time when we need more health care professionals, many of the existing health care workforce will reach retirement age.” He points out that the shortage affects certain populations more than others. Rural areas where 60 million Americans live experience the greatest impact of the shortage of health care professionals. According to the National Rural Health Association, there are only 39 primary care doctors for every 100,000 people living in rural areas, but there are 53 primary care doctors for the same number in urban areas. And the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that 47 rural Tennessee counties, have no OB-GYN. The Department of Health and Human Services is currently funding three programs to help reduce and prevent shortages of health care workers – the Medicare Graduate Medical Education Programs, 70 different health workforce programs and the National Health Service Corps." We need to know if what the federal government currently is doing is effective or if specific improvements should be made," says Alexander. The National Health Service Corps provides loan repayment for primary care doctors who go to work in underserved areas. Most of these doctors choose to work at the 10,000 community health centers across the country.

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