America is facing a shortage of doctors, and some creative organizations are doing something about it. New programs, like the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM), are attempting to attract medical students to smaller markets. Part of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, WARM started three years ago. Health care providers across America have been nervously crunching the numbers and realizing that there will be an upcoming shortage of primary care physicians by 2030, and of all physicians in general.According to the study “Who Will Care for Our Patients” from 2008, Wisconsin, for instance, will have an 8-14% shortfall of primary care doctors by 2030, while patient demand will increase by 21% in the same period.With Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates as they are, most independent doctors can’t afford to have their practices in small towns; in general, as well, many doctors favor large cities and more action.Programs like WARM, however, are hoping to change all that by offering students a nurturing environment and the potential to work in a small town setting with more intimacy and familiarity.
Janice Marks – A retired nurse and home health care professional, Janice has written prolifically about the American health care system. As a writer for Left Justified focused on the current changes in the health care community, she weaves her professional background and expertise into her evaluation of the current health care issues facing the American government and people. Contact Janice at janicemarks(at)leftjustified.com.View all posts by Janice Marks →