Wisconsin doctors see statewide work force shortage
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 24, 2004
Wisconsin is short 506 primary care physicians, according to a study released this spring by the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Wisconsin Hospital Assn.
The study attributed the shortage to a lack of growth in the number of physicians even as the state's population ages and demands more care.
To avert a major crisis, the study recommended expanding the class size of Wisconsin's two medical schools, developing new models of health care delivery to improve physician resources, attracting more physicians to Wisconsin while retaining those already in the state, improving funding for medical education, and creating an advisory council to guide medical education and track data on physician supply and demand.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/05/24/prbf0524.htm.