Physician Shortage Overestimated and Avoidable, Researchers Say

In a provocative Health Affairs study, researchers say the physician shortage is overestimated and could be avoided by the proper deployment of physicians and clinicians.

Researchers from Columbia Business School in New York and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School say the traditional ratio of one physician for every 2,500 patients is an outmoded metric.

They said team care that included “pooled” physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and technology that could reduce physician office visits would enable larger patient panels, and doing so would make the impending “virtually evaporate.”

 

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