Shortage of Doctors looms over Florida

Shortage of Doctors looms over Florida

Shortage of 7,000 doctors could be witnessed by Florida by 2025 if nothing is done to encourage creation of more residency programs throughout the state to deal with the growing demand. Well, this is a stark prediction by a study commissioned by teaching and safety-net hospitals.

The study has strongly pointed towards the shortest supply of doctors trained in the specialty fields of psychiatry, general surgery, rheumatology and thoracic surgery. Medical demand is expected to go beyond supply by the greatest extent, i.e. 20% or more 10 years from now, in three regions in the state, which include southwest Florida.

Florida has failed to provide training to enough physicians to match the pace of growing need citizens for quality health care, said Steven Sonenreich, chairman of the Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, in a prepared statement.

“This study provides a road map of the demand for physicians and can serve as a benchmark for Florida's long-term planning for graduate medical residency training programs”, he added.

The study showed that there would be a need of creating and filling more than 13,500 residency positions, or about 1,360 new slots a year for the next decade.

The study also showed that Florida is setting for having plenty of plastic surgeons and pediatricians. According to health industry insiders, they have continuously warned for years that there would emerge a huge need for highly trained medical professionals in Florida.

According to the American Medical Association, nearly 30% of the state’s physicians are at least 60 years old. The study also showed that two-thirds of the state’s medical school graduates opt for out-of-state residency programs. The study was conducted by HIS Global on behalf of the Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida.

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