Colorado To Face Shortage Of Physicians

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Shortage Of Colorado Physicians

One-third of Colorado physicians are ages 55 and older, and theireventual retirements likely will lead to a provider shortage andproblems with access to care for state residents, according to a reportrecently released by the Colorado Health Institute, the Denver Post reports.


Thereport, the "Physician Workforce Survey," included responses from 5,158of the 16,000 physicians licensed to practice in Colorado. According tothe report, 38% of respondents identified themselves as primary carephysicians -- those who practice pediatric, general, internal or familymedicine -- and 90% said that they practiced in cities or suburbs.

CHIPresident Pamela Hanes said, "We have a whole generation of practicingphysicians who are now on the cusp of retirement, and we don't know whois coming in behind them," adding, "We don't see a lot of youngphysicians choosing primary care practice."

Tim Fry, manager of government affairs at the National Rural Health Association,said the report highlights a national trend. "We're facing a work forceissue nationwide in rural and urban areas, but the physician shortagesare going to show up earlier and more acutely in rural areas," he said,adding, "We see a continued movement to specialty care and to urbanareas" (Human, Denver Post, 7/31).

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