Addressing an Impending Physician Shortage

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The Michigan Department of Community Health now has concrete numbers relating to the state's impending physician shortage.

At a news conference Wednesday, the findings from a workforce survey were released. The survey shows, of the close to 40,000 licensed physicians in Michigan only 60 percent are actively providing patient care. In the next ten years, 38 percent of them will no longer be practicing medicine.

The Michigan Department of Community Health has created a workforce center to coordinate efforts addressing challenges associated with the projected healthcare shortage. A web site will be up and running in the next 90 days.

Rural hospitals will be hit hard by the shortage. Historically, recruiting for rural areas is difficult.