Healthcare is a critical need for America. The last full year for which information is available demonstrates a need of 500,000 new professionals are needed for Direct care and Mental Health per year for the next ten years.
Doctors shortages for the next decade, 2020 – 2030 are estimated at: Doctors over 100,000, Nurse Practitioners 115,000, Physician Assistants 40,000, Registered Nurses195,000, Mental Health Counselors 75,000.
Pandemic conditions have increased these needs with disorders of depression and hopelessness, as well as higher substance abuse. Although statistics state need for Pharmacists is decreasing, the shorter hours, longer wait times for prescriptions and shorter staffing demonstrates an increased need that has yet to be fully realized.
The COVID-19 Pandemic, and its many variants, has taken a heavy toll on healthcare professions. Although there has been about a seventeen percent enrollment increase in medical schools, the breakdown in not known and attrition in the first two years is extremely high. What is known is the Pandemic has taken hundreds of lives in the healthcare professions, in all areas.
Part of our shortages have been the reliance upon importing foreign medical staff starting about 1969. The United States now has approximately 127,000 imported doctors, or about 25% of this critical population.
General Practitioner Shortage
One of the most important shortages, and often not emphasized, are the declining numbers of Primary Care Physicians (PCP). These are the foundation of America’s patient care. These are supplemented by Nurse Practicioners (NP) and Physician Assistants-Certified (PA-C).
These United States have many candidates that have the intellect, desire, perseverance and relational skills to succeed. There are candidates that are in a socioeconomically faction that makes completion difficult. Actual examples include: an honors student that wants to be a doctor but has a widower father that drives a refuse truck. The double burden of Insufficient personal resources and almost nonexistent of scholarships waste American Genius.
Barriers to Filling Societal Needs
In the end it comes to money for education, with many recent doctors entering practice paying off about $250,000 in debt.
Most citizens feel it is the Federal Government’s responsibility to train in shortage fields. Unfortunately there are many strings attached and all these programs have negative results in the Department of Justice files.
Better Non-Random Progression and Sustainability
With proper assessments, significant increases can be seen from the 1% – 2% for doctoral and postdoctoral degrees.
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2. Graduates would have to complete all requirements of becoming a licensed physician.
3. Doctors would have to dedicate themselves to Primary Care for at least 10 years.
4. Candidates would have scholarships paid in exchange for contractual service.
5. A percent of income to assist others in the pipeline.
6. All graduating doctors would have residences.
7. The same holds true for nurses. Education for these critical direct care professionals are also in need. Many of whom are referenced in the above leaving statistic.
8. It is not unusual to have $250K in training for traditional medical schools. An Arizona grant of $7million about 2004 was to train 55 primary care doctors. The State’s only medical university, University of Arizona, at the time, said that was enough for one year. A private school, A.T. Still University, provided four years of medical school for the 55 doctoral students.
9. More efficient use of monies is needed for both education and the subsequent post-school training that are needed in many technical occupations.