A recent op-ed in The New York Times explored the various (and often nuanced) causes that have led to a physician shortage in the United States. According to the article, physician shortages are likely the result of:
- A lack of newly trained physicians graduating from medical school;
- Inefficient distribution of physicians across the country;
- Fewer physicians able and willing to treat the growing number of baby boomers with chronic conditions;
- Ineffective use of “mid-level practitioners;” and
- Increased demand for healthcare generated by the Affordable Care Act.
The Margolin Group (TMG) believes an innovative blend of strategic alliance development that fosters growth of more efficient systems of care and coverage, a robust telehealth strategy, training and support to practitioners so that they may “operate at the top of their licenses” and common-sense reimbursement reform will help alleviate this physician shortage – now and in the years to come.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about TMG’s role in designing programs that both reduce the shortage of physicians and help patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.